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Movies, Music, and Poets for Black History Month

Hello everyone,

I hope you are having a great start to your week! 

February is the month we celebrate Black History Month. Black culture and history continues to be something that is not taught and shared enough in schools and in society even though it is a part of our nation’s history. 

Today I thought I’d share some things you can watch, listen, read, and view during this last week of Black History Month. This list could take forever so I am limiting myself to movies, music, and poets. Feel free to comment below on something you learned this month!

[DISCLAIMER: This list is based on what I watch, like, and thought of while writing. There are a host of other great films, albums, and people out there. This is just a short list that highlights some of my favorites.]

Movies 

Loving

Selma, Lord, Selma

Harriet

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Hidden Figures

The Help

Remember the Titans

Race 

Disney’s Ruby Bridges

Music

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye 

Young, Gifted, and Black by Aretha Franklin

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill

The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album

Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder

Innervisions by Stevie Wonder

Duke Ellington and John Coltrane by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane

Portrait of a Legend by Sam Cooke 

Tracy Chapman by Tracy Chapman

Yardbird by Charlie Parker

Ella and Louis by Ellia Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Just One of Those Things by Nat King Cole

Odetta Sings Dylan by Odetta

Let Freedom Ring! by Marian Anderson

Poets

Click on their name for a bio and some of their poetry from the Poetry Foundation

Langston Hughes

Lucille Clifton

Countee Cullen

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Nikki Giovanni 

Gwendolyn Brooks

Phillis Wheatley

Claude McKay 

Rita Dove

Musical Extras

Elizabeth Cotten performing

Billie Holliday singing “Strange Fruit”

Jennifer Holliday performing, “And I’m Telling You I’m not going” from Dreamgirls (Woah. Just woah.)

Richie Havens opened Woodstock (his song Freedom from it is below)

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Dancing with Shirley Temple (first inneracial couple to dance on screen). 

~ Kenedy M.

One thought on “Movies, Music, and Poets for Black History Month

  1. Truly loved the variety of African-American people, their music, poetry and just the richness of American History…which includes ALL the above!! “Black History is apart of American History.” Let’s continue to celebrate Black History as our history. Thank you Kenedy! Great post.

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