Discover how a man born into slavery became one of the most influential voices for democracy U.S. history. A gifted writer and charismatic orator, it is estimated that more Americans heard Douglass speak than any other 19th-century figure — Black or white.
STRANGE FRUIT is the first documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic. The song's evolution tells a dramatic story of America's radical past using one of the most influential protest songs ever written as its epicenter.
One hundred years after the destruction of the Black-owned Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history, residents and descendants examine the history of the 1921 tragedy and its aftermath.
The 14th Amendment promised citizenship in exchange for enlistment, prompting many African American men to do so. The film examines their role in U.S. history, how they fought in military conflicts abroad, and their civil rights struggles at home.
Nichelle Nichols' daunting task to launch a national blitz for NASA, recruiting 8,000 of the nation's best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space.
Josiah Henson overcame incredible odds and brutal oppression to escape from slavery. His life inspired Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the classic novel which has been recognized as one of the sparks that ignited the Civil War.
A digitally restored collection of independent black cinema that flourished in the 1920s - '40s. These films not only starred African Americans but were funded, written, produced, directed, distributed, and often exhibited by people of color.
Zora Neale Hurston is considered a literary giant of the Harlem Renaissance, but her anthropological and ethnographic endeavors were equally impactful. This is a biography of the author whose groundbreaking anthropological work would challenge assumptions about race, gender and cultural superiority.
A Biographical drama film based on the 1853 slave memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, an African American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. by two conmen in 1841 and sold into slavery.
Centering on the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line, this film is told through the eyes of Lack’s daughter Deborah (played by Oprah Winfrey) and a journalist. It chronicles Deborah’s search to learn about the mother she never knew, and how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to medical breakthroughs that last to this day.
A powerful and thought-provoking true story follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson 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.
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in US history. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.