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9 Kids’ Black History Movies on Netflix

Looking for Kids Black History Movies on Netflix? There are some great titles you can stream on Netflix. These are only some of the many great Black history movies for kids.

February is Black History Month, and a wonderful way to share this rich culture and experience with our children is with these kid-friendly black history movies on Netflix.

There are several other Black History Movies on Netflix, but not all of them are appropriate for children (including many about Black Power). That's why I curated this list. These films and TV documentaries are a great resource any time of year.

Learn about Women in Black History, too!

Make the next family movie night an educational night with these 15 Kids' Black History Movies on Netflix. It's perfect for teachable moments and a great way to engage the kids with important topics. Here are just a few films that serve as conversation starters for the kids to discuss African American history.

9 Kids Black History Movies on Netflix

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

An African American washerwoman rises from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire. Based on a true story. | Stream on Netflix

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Join former first lady Michelle Obama in an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others as she tours with “Becoming.” | Stream on Netflix

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Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History

Kevin Hart highlights the fascinating contributions of black history’s unsung heroes in this entertaining — and educational — comedy special. (Watch on Netflix)

When They See Us

Five teens (high schoolers) from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. (Watch on Netflix)

What Happened Miss Simone

A documentary explores the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.” (Watch on Netflix)



A young Barack Obama forges his identity while dealing with race, divergent cultures, and ordinary life as a New York City college student. Rated TV-MA (This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17. )

Please view before you watch with your children and/or watch with your children. (Watch on Netflix)


This documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Harlem sports program that has inspired countless city kids to become pro basketball players. (Watch on Netflix)

In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S.  

Oprah Winfrey sits down with Los Angeles-born director Ava DuVernay to discuss her Oscar-nominated film, historical cycles of oppression, and the broken prison system.

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To continue learning, check out the Black History Research Unit

Which of these Black History Movies for Kids on Netflix is your favorite?

If you want to keep the learning going with your kids, click on the image of the MLK statue below to get access to these free Black History printables.



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