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Films in the Library

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro

Based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript "Remember This House". 
2017

Selma

Selma

The story of Dr. MLK, Jr. and the march on Selma, Alabama

2015

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

The story of the black female scientists and mathematicians that helped put us into orbit. 
2016

Green Book

Green Book

During the 1960s, a bouncer, whose nightclub closes for renovations, finds a temporary employment as a driver for black pianist Don Shirley going on a tour into the Deep South states. 2018 

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Starr Carter navigates the perilous waters between her poor, black neighborhood and her prestigious, mainly white private school. This all changes when she finds herself in the middle of racial activism after her best friend is shot by police officers, and she's forced to make a decision. 2019

42

42

History was made in 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the professional baseball race barrier to become the first African American MLB player of the modern era. 2013

American Experience: Freedom Riders

American Experience: Freedom Riders

This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, it chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth.

Against the Odds of the Harlem Renaissance

Against the Odds of the Harlem Renaissance

Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s was the scene of a passionate outburst of creativity by African-American visual artists. Rich archival footage, including newsreels and photographs, recalls the influential force of the exhibitions, the vibrancy of Harlem and the many significant personalities that shaped the movement, (2004)

Hoopla- Films + Documentaries

The Loving Story

The Loving Story

A racially charged criminal trial and a heartrending love story converge in this documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era.
2011

The Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen

This inspiring World War II story spotlights 450 men who fought on two fronts at once. Black American aviators, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, battled Axis powers in Europe and North Africa and then took on racism at home.
2002

American Experience: Freedom Riders

American Experience: Freedom Riders

This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders.
2011

Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library

Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library

This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora. When Schomburg's collection became so big that it began to overflow his house, he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. 

2017

Black Patriots

Black Patriots

From the initial sparks of revolution in Boston to the climactic Siege of Yorktown and beyond, this special paints a comprehensive picture of the African American experience during the Revolutionary War.

2020

Black American Experience

Black American Experience

Black American Experience Series - African Americans who Left their Stamp on History. The Black American Experience Series celebrates 200 years of change in America. 
2009

Films on Demand in NC LIVE

Films on Demand is a great resource! And there are so many videos available. To search, go to the library website and select "Databases A to Z" on the right side! 

  • race
  • inequality
  • race in America
  • Black Wall Street
  • Greenwood Avenue
  • search by name! James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, Dr. King, and more
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