With a new month, it is important to remember that Black History Month can be celebrated all year long by sharing stories expressed through the point of view of Black Americans, and the experiences that they have had throughout the years. Below are five great films that those who wish to learn about, and in turn celebrate, Black History can watch.
1. “A Raisin in the Sun”
“A Raisin in the Sun” describes a family chasing after the American dream. The 1961 version is a black and white movie that accurately portrays the novel that this film is based off of. The film follows a family having to make difficult decisions that come along with an insurance payment . These decisions could ruin them or help strengthen them as a family. This is a good representation of what it was like as an African American in that time period.
“Passing” is a 2021 film on Netflix about light skinned African-Americans who are able to pass for white. In this movie, we see two friends living different lives- one friend is pretending to be white, while the other is living their life as a normal Black person for that time. We see the downside of pretending to be someone you're not.
3. “Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever”
This film portrays a tale of loss and growth. It really shines with the cast and remembering the past Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman. While watching the movie, you can tell how hard the cast and director/producer worked to create this masterpiece. It is a fight for ideals and principles. The movie contains a conflict between two different groups of people, who, in a sense, fight to perhaps better understand each other.
“Glory” takes place in a time of war. In this movie, we see a group of Black individuals go through the hard times of war and try to push toward victory within the war. It is not an easy thing to see in this movie. In a very definitive way, this shows what war was like being Black in America. It will certainly make you feel something while watching.
5. “Hidden Figures”
“Hidden Figures” is what I would call a great show of pushing through boundaries. Three women work at NASA in the hopes of helping them get to the moon and back safely. This movie provides examples of inequality that Black people had to go through. "Hidden Figures" is a good example of what happens when you give someone a chance. Pushing through the boundaries and rising above the task is what this whole movie is about.
Kenyon Bones, born and raised in Indiana, is currently a sophomore in the the School of Health and Human Sciences at IUPUI as a tourism major.