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Featured Booklists For Middle and High School Levels

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Suggested Films for Middle and High School Levels

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  • PBS Black in Latin America Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uncovers Latin America’s African roots in this four-part series.

  • Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock Documentary on the life of Daisy Bates, best know for her role with the Little Rock Nine.
  • Ruby Bridges The true story of Ruby Bridges, the six-year-old girl who helped to integrate the all-white schools in New Orleans.
  • 13th Ava DuVernay’s in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.
  • Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin Documentary about the life of peace, labor, and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.
  • Intersectionality 101 Learn about intersectionality with this student-friendly video from Teaching Tolerance.
  • All God’s Children A political, social, and religious analysis of sexual orientation within the context of the traditional African American values of freedom, inclusion, and the Christian ethic.
  • Hidden Figures Based on the story of three African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn.
  • Eyes on the Prize A comprehensive fourteen-part documentary history of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Sylvia Woods: “You Have to Fight for Freedom” Dramatic reading of an interview with Sylvia Woods, a pioneer in the struggle of African-American and women trade unionists, who describes why she decided not to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” at school in 1919 when she was 10 years old.
  • What Happened, Miss Simone? Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.


Reading For Middle and High School Educators

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