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

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  • The Butler
  • The Color Purple
  • 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 Help

This narrative illustrates Blacks going from the field to the house and has been played out in various films and in literature. However The Help focuses on the stereotypes surrounding Black housekeepers and maids and how the uneducated workers outsmart their racist employers.

(Photos from left: Berkley Publishing, DreamWorks)

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