Racial Equity Resource Guide

Movies and Documentaries

Rosewood

Stream for free on Youtube HERE

“In 1923, a prosperous black town in Florida was burned to the ground, its people hunted and murdered, all because a white woman falsely claimed that a black man sexually assaulted her.”

 

 

Malcolm X

Stream on Netflix, available for purchase on amazon and other platforms

“A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left a legacy of self-determination and racial pride.”

 

Free Meek

Stream for free on amazon prime

Watch the official trailer for the Amazon Original Free Meek, premiering on Prime Video August 9, 2019. This explosive docu-series, from Executive Producer Jay-Z, exposes the story of Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill’s 2017 arrest for probation violations. An investigation of his original case explores allegations of police corruption as Meek becomes the face of a powerful justice reform movement.”

Selma

Stream for free on amazon, available for purchase on other platforms

“Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

 

 

Just Mercy

Free rental on youtube movies and amazon prime

“A powerful and thought provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.”

 

I Am Not Your Negro

Free streaming with Amazon Prime, buy or rent on amazon prime or youtube

“Based on James Baldwin's unfinished book, this visual essay explores racism through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, this film won a Best Documentary BAFTA and got an Oscar nod for Best Documentary Feature.”

13th

Streamable on Netflix or Full Length on Youtube HERE
“In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.”