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February is Black History Month

In addition to thousands of African American history books, UNE Library Services has access to a robust collection of streaming movies and documentaries. Below are some suggestions. There is lots more to explore, you can search the full collection of videos at   

Cover image for film I am Not Your Negro A Major Motion Picture Directed by Raoul Peck from texts by James Baldwin

I Am Not Your Negro

An Oscar-nominated documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO explores the continued peril America faces from institutionalized racism.

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David Hilliard Giving the Black Panther Tour

This documentary, featuring Black Panther Party member David Hilliard, is a tour of the Black Panther Party’s history.

Image for film The New Black, the word black in rainbow colors.

The New Black: LGBT Rights and African American Communities

This award-winning documentary boldly examines the controversial and challenging issues facing African American communities on gay civil rights, campaigns for/against marriage equality and in particular the role of faith institutions. The film makes a compelling case that the fight for LGBT rights in Black communities is an extension of the Black Freedom Struggle.

Image of Shirley Chisholm speaking into a microphone

Shirley Chisholm: Lecture

This video shows Shirley Chisholm giving a speech on both equal rights and civil rights for African American women.

Cover image featuring a man dressed in white and silver with a crown and scepter, arms raised

Faubourg Treme – The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

Past and present collide in this powerful documentary about Faubourg Treme, the fabled New Orleans’ neighborhood that gave birth to jazz, launched America’s first black daily newspaper, and nurtured generations of African American activists.

film cover featuring historical image of two men in minstrel makeup with exaggerated lips

Ethnic Notions

This Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Through these images we can begin to understand the evolution of racial consciousness in America.