African-American Literature and Films That Should Be Taught in the Classroom

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  • The Help
  • Amistad
  • Rosewood
  • Brick by Brick
  • Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington
  • March On!... and More Stories About African-American History
  • Black History in Films and Books
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria
  • Malcolm X
  • The Butler
  • The Color Purple

Rosewood

John Singleton’s Rosewood focuses on a real-life 1923 massacre, which was ignited by racism and left an entire Florida community burned to the ground (and at least a half dozen African-Americans dead). The film offers a dramatized glimpse of racial inequality in American just 40 years before the civil rights movement. 
(Photo: Warner Bros.)

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