Blog > Black History Month With Kanopy
Posted February 9, 2021
By Hope Standifer – Adult Services Librarian
February is Black History Month and there is a curated list of films to enjoy during February. Here are a few summaries of the movies in the list that you can find here:
Roots (2016): The classic American saga is reimagined for a whole new generation. This epic 4-part miniseries tells the story of Kunta Kinte, a West African youth sold into slavery. This time, we follow Kunta and his family through the generations, up to the Civil War.
Miss Juneteenth: A former beauty queen and single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant.
Dolemite: Rudy Ray Moore stars in this legendary classic and pillar of the ‘blaxploitation’ genre. Sent to prison on a frame-up by some crooked cops and his arch rival, the notorious Willy Green, Dolemite is offered an early release if he can bring down Green and the politicians on his payroll who are terrorizing the city. Dolemite, Queen Bee and their beautiful All-Girl Army of Kung-Fu Killers take on the mob in this cult film favorite.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous novelization of the harsh realities of slavery was a catalyst for the anti-slavery movement and remains a landmark in American literature. Conceived as a super production on the scale of Foolish Wives and The Phantom of the Opera,this 1927 adaptation of Stowe’s famous book cost $1.8 million and took two years to film.
Southside With You: The film chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States, Barack Obama, wooed his future First Lady, Michelle Obama, on a first date across Chicago’s South Side.