23 Black History Movies for Kids to Watch this MLK Weekend
These black history movies for kids address important topics like race, civil rights, and segregation.
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42: The Jackie Robinson Story
Rent or purchase on Prime Video; Rent or purchase on iTunes; Watch on DIRECTV
Biopic about the first Black baseball player in the MLB and his achievements despite facing racism throughout his career.
Stream on Hulu Premium; Rent or Purchase on Prime Video
The story of the three months between Martin Luther King Jr. accepting his Nobel Peace Prie and the Selma-to-Montgomery march for voters’ rights in March 1965.
Betty & Coretta
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A docudrama about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X’s widows (Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz) raising their children to fight for the causes their father’s fought for.
Stream on Prime Video (or rent or purchase); Rent or purchase on iTunes; Stream on Hulu
Set in the 1970’s this movie follows Jim Ellis, the competitive-swimmer-turned-coach, as he turns an unlikely group of teens into a competitive swim team. It displays racism, segregation, and class divide.
The Gabby Douglas Story
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A biopic about the first woman of color to win individual all-around champion at the summer olympics.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Stream on Vudu
Wilona Watson brings her family to Birmingham to get away from bad influences and escape the cold winter in Flint, Michigan. However, Jim Crow laws are still enforced there, schoolchildren are marching, and there are police riots.
Stream on HBO Max; Purchase on Prime Video
The story of abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
I am Not Your Negro
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This political documentary tells the story of writer-activist James Baldwin’s plans to write Remember This House about Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. (his three friends) and their influence on the state of race in America.
Stream on Prime Video; Rent or purchase on YouTube; Stream on HBO Max
This documentary tells the story of two young Black basketball standouts and the struggles they faced growing up in an inner city, including potentially fatal temptations, limited opportunities, and poor odds.
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A young lawyer devotes himself to helping Death Row inmates in Monroeville Alabama and focuses on the case of Walter “Johnny D.” McMillian, a man accused of killing a teen girl based on the testimony of two unreliable witnesses.
The Killing Floor
Rent or purchase on Prime Video
The little-known true story of two friends struggling to build an interracial labor union in the Chicago Stockyards.
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The life of the visionary leader.
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