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Movies for Black History Month

Ali Ali (2001)
Dramatic biography of boxing great Muhammad Ali (Will Smith), which focuses on the ten-year period of 1964-1974. In that time, the brash, motor-mouthed athlete quickly dominates his sport, meets and marries his first wife, converts to Islam (changing his name from Cassius Clay), and defies the United States government by refusing to submit to military conscription for duty in Vietnam.
Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1973)
Miss Jane Pittman (Cicely Tyson) is celebrating her 110th birthday. As the civil rights movement heats up, Miss Jane, a former slave, recounts her memories of the black experience from picking potatoes on a southern plantation to fetching water for soldiers in the Civil War to her views on the current and turbulent equal rights movement. Awards Winner of 9 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Special, Best Actress and Best Teleplay. Based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines.
The Color Purple The Color Purple (1985)
An uneducated woman (Whoopi Goldberg) living in the rural American south who was raped by her father, deprived of the children she bore him and forced to marry a brutal man she calls "Mister" is transformed by the friendship of two remarkable women, acquiring self-worth and the strength to forgive. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker.
Heat Wave Heat Wave (1990)
A young black journalist gets his big break when he covers the infamous Watts riots of 1965. Starring Cicely Tyson, Blair Underwood and James Earl Jones. Originally released as a television motion picture in 1990.
In the Heat of the Night In the Heat of the Night (1967)
A small town Southern sheriff finds himself in an uneasy alliance with a big-city black homicide detective (Sidney Poitier) as they investigate a murder.
Malcolm X Malcolm X (1992)
Spike Lee's screen version of the life of Malcolm X (Denzel Washington), who through his religious conversion to Islam, found the strength to rise up from a criminal past to become an influential civil rights leader. Based on the book "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" as told to Alex Haley.
Men of Honor (2000)
The courageous story of an African-American sailor, Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding), who dared to dream of becoming a U.S. Navy Master Diver. Despite a ruthless training officer (Robert De Niro) and a tragic shipboard accident, Carl's iron will is never broken. Against all odds, he pushes on to achieve the impossible. Based on the life of Carl Brashear.
Ray Ray (2004)
Ray Charles (Jamie Foxx) went blind at the age of seven. Inspired by his mother who insisted he make his own way, he found his calling at the keyboard. 'Ray' follows as he overcomes drug addiction while becoming one of the country's most beloved performers.
Something the Lord Made (2004)
This HBO movie tells the true story of a white surgeon, Dr. Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman), and his black lab technician, Vivien Thomas (Mos Def), who worked together at Johns Hopkins in 1940s Baltimore on an unprecedented technique for performing heart surgery on "blue babies". There is also a documentary available: Partners of the Heart.
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the mores of her small town. Based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston.