- 11. The Watsons Go To Birmingham – It’s the summer of 1963, and an ordinary African-American family sets out on a road trip to Alabama in this drama based on a best-selling novel. The entire family is moved by the racially charged violence that they witness on their journey.
- 12. Winnie Mandela – South Africa’s Winnie Mandela, one of the most galvanizing public figures in modern history, comes to life in this absorbing biopic. Though it traces Winnie’s whole story, the film hinges on the Apartheid-era imprisonment that would define her image.
- 13. Amistad – An African-born slave leads a mutiny against his brutal captors, but because the ship is in American waters, a U.S. court must decide the slaves’ fates. In an eloquent courtroom speech, ex-president John Quincy Adams argues for the Africans’ freedom.
- 14. Benji – 2012 documentary film about the short life and 1984 death of Chicago South Side basketball player Ben Wilson who played for Simeon Career Academy.
- 15. Ray – In this biopic, Jamie Foxx portrays rhythm and blues legend Ray Charles, who rose from obscurity and overcame his struggles to become world famous.
- 16. Mandingo – In this controversial potboiler set in the antebellum South, Hammond marries his cousin Blanche, but the two bed their slaves instead of each other.
- 17. Django – Accompanied by a German bounty hunter, a freed slave named Django travels across America to free his wife from a sadistic plantation owner.
- 18. Freedom – A slave fleeing a plantation with his family learns about his ties to a conflicted sea captain who brought slaves to America 100 years earlier.
- 19. The Civil War – Ken Burns’ documentary depicts the action of famous Civil War battles, and relates the stories of soldiers, generals and a beleaguered president.
- 20. Civil War 360 – This three-part series explores different aspects of the Civil War from the perspective of both sides and the slaves at the heart of the conflict.
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