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10 Best Black History Movies for Kids in the Classroom

Watch these Black History movies for kids in a classroom, home or church to educate elementary students, high school students or adults about Black History. Then watch these Black History Movies for Kids on Netflix.

Watch these Black History movies for kids in a classroom, home or church to educate elementary students, high school students or adults about Black History. I started elementary school in the mid-1980s and graduated from high school in the mid-1990s. Back when I was in school, I don’t remember watching any movies during Black History Month in school.

I’m not saying that we didn’t watch any, rather, only that I don’t remember watching any. And in current times, educators have access to the Internet and streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.

So, there are so many movies that can be watched and discussed in the classroom to enrich students’ learning in this rich pool of history during the month.

Watch these movies with your students, discuss them, use this movie review questionnaire or other activities that I have linked to that will provide an interactive learning experience for your students as it relates to Black History.

These Black History month movies are great for kids, children of many ages and students.

Watch these Black History movies for kids in a classroom, home or church to educate elementary students, high school students or adults about Black History.

Best Black History Movies for Kids

Roots: The Complete Miniseries
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • LeVar Burton, Cicely Tyson, Edward Asner (Actors)
  • Marvin J. Chomsky (Director) - William Blinn (Writer) - Not Specified (Producer)

 (NOT RATED)

Age: 14+

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Rosa Parks Story: Ride To Freedom, The
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Angela Bassett, Cicely Tyson, Peter Francis (Actors)
  • Julie Dash (Director) - Angela Bassett (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

 (NOT RATED)

Age: Elementary

  

 (NOT RATED)

Age: Elementary

 

Gabby Douglas Story
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Gabrielle Douglas, Imani Hakim, Regina King (Actors)
  • Gregg Champion (Director) - Maria Nation (Writer) - David Rosemont (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Gabby Douglas Story (NOT RATED)

Age: 12+

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This biographical drama tells the story of Gabby Douglas, the American gymnast who made history at the 2012 Summer Olympics by becoming the first black woman to win the Individual All-Around Championship.

A Ballerina's Tale
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Misty Copeland (Actor)
  • Nelson George (Director) - Leslie Norville (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

 (NOT RATED)

Age: 9+

 

Watch these Black History movies for kids in a classroom, home or church to educate elementary students, high school students or adults about Black History.

By The People: The Election of Barack Obama
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Barack Obama, Neil Abercrombie (Actors)
  • Amy Rice (Director) - Bill Migliore (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (NOT RATED)

Age: 13+

This a 2009 documentary film produced by Edward Norton broadcast in November 2009 on HBO, follows Barack Obama and various members of his campaign team, including David Axelrod, through the two years leading up to the United States presidential election on November 4, 2008.

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Actor)
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Director) - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Writer) - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Producer)

The African Americans (PG)

Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds.

Hidden Figures
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner (Actors)
  • Theodore Melfi (Director) - Allison Schroeder (Writer) - Donna Gigliotti (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

 (PG)

Age: 10+

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Selma
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo (Actors)
  • Ava DuVernay (Director) - Paul Webb (Writer) - Christian Colson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Selma (PG-13)

In the face of violent racist attacks, Martin Luther King Jr. leads a protest in Alabama that culminates in a historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

I Am Not Your Negro
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Dick Cavett (Actors)
  • Raoul Peck (Director) - James Baldwin (Writer) - Raoul Peck (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

 (TV-MA)

  

Have you watched any of these black history movies for kids as a family?

Be sure to check out these Black History Month Worksheets and Printable Black History Month Activities for Kids.

Watch these Black History movies for kids in a classroom, home or church to educate elementary students, high school students or adults about Black History.

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