If you’re interested in learning about the activist who led the NAACP during the Civil Rights Movement, then my Roy Wilkins Black History Facts profile is for you.
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“Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi provides a history of America’s racist ideas. Organized into five sections, the book tells the history of not just Black people in America but also how racist ideologies developed over time. This history is also viewed through the lens of categorizing people, events, and concepts into three positions on a spectrum ranging from racist to anti-racist. Of particular interest are explanations of the nuance of items that fall in the middle.
“Malcolm X” is a 1992 Spike Lee Joint starring Denzel Washington in the life story of the controversial leader. The film mostly moves in chronological order though it occasionally jumps back to Malcolm’s childhood. We see his early days as a teen in Boston as well as his time as a numbers runner in Harlem and later a burglar. But most importantly we bear witness to his journey of self-discovery and the transformation that leads to him becoming a leader in the Civil Rights Movement or more accurately an early forerunner to the Black Pride Movement.
If you’re interested in learning about the woman who was of the early and most consistent voices in the call for reparations for Black Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, then my Audley “Queen Mother” Moore Black History Short is for you.
“King in the Wilderness” is a 2018 documentary that covers the last years of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The film begins in 1965 around the time of that year’s Voting Rights Act and ends with King’s assassination in 1968. Spanning just 18 months of an incredible life, we get great insight into the expansion of King’s campaigns which placed greater focus on economic issues. There’s also an in-depth discussion of the pressures and criticisms that he faced during this less celebrated period that was no less important than his earlier work.