52 Books, Documentaries & Movies to Celebrate Black History Month

Syndio Team, February 3, 2022

As a company dedicated to creating more equitable workplaces, our team is constantly looking for opportunities to learn about different cultures and understand others’ experiences. One powerful way to understand and relate to a different culture is through stories. So, we put together our top recommendations for how you can learn about and honor Black History Month through nonfiction books, novels, documentaries, movies, and TV series across a variety of genres.

Nonfiction books

Upper Hand: The Future of Work for the Rest of Us by Sherrell DorseyUpper Hand: The Future of Work for the Rest of Us

by Sherrell Dorsey

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Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority by Steven PhillipsBrown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority

by Steven Phillips

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesBetween the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Hood Feminism by Mikki KendallHood Feminism

by Mikki Kendall

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Becoming by Michelle ObamaBecoming

by Michelle Obama

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I Am A Girl From Africa by Elizabeth NyamayaroI Am A Girl From Africa

by Elizabeth Nyamayaro

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The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing by Denis MukwegeThe Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing

by Denis Mukwege

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A Promised Land by Barack ObamaA Promised Land

by Barack Obama

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A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story by Elaine BrownA Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story

by Elaine Brown

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Novels

Kindred by Octavia ButlerKindred

by Octavia Butler

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Song of Solomon by Toni MorrisonSong of Solomon

by Toni Morrison

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The Invisible Man by Ralph EllisonThe Invisible Man

by Ralph Ellison

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The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettThe Vanishing Half

by Brit Bennett

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Sankofa by Chibundu OnuzoSankofa

by Chibundu Onuzo

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The Color Purple by Alice WalkerThe Color Purple

by Alice Walker

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Fences by August WilsonFences

by August Wilson

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonTheir Eyes Were Watching God

by Zora Neale Hurston

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Documentaries & docuseries

QuincyQuincy

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

I Am Not Your NegroI Am Not Your Negro

Watch on: Pluto TV, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube

 

 

 

 

HomecomingHomecoming

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

BecomingBecoming

Watch on: Pluto TV, Netflix

 

 

 

 

What Happened, Miss Simone?What Happened, Miss Simone?

Watch on: Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

The Black GodfatherThe Black Godfather

Watch on: Pluto TV, Netflix

 

 

 

 

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson

Watch on: PBS, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

The Death and Life of Marsha P. JohnsonThe Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the RevolutionThe Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Watch on: Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, PBS

 

 

 

 

13th13th

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

The Central Park FiveThe Central Park Five

Watch on: Apple TV

 

 

 

 

Soundtrack for a RevolutionSoundtrack for a Revolution

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Tubi TV

 

 

 

 

The Trials of Muhammad AliThe Trials of Muhammad Ali

Watch on: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for EqualityTrue Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max

 

 

 

 

Movies & TV series

Self-MadeSelf-Made

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

BlacKkKlansmanBlacKkKlansman

Watch on: Hulu, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

The Harder They FallThe Harder They Fall 

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

Hidden FiguresHidden Figures

Watch on: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

Girls TripGirls Trip

Watch on: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

Straight Outta ComptonStraight Outta Compton

Watch on: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

MoonlightMoonlight

Watch on: Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV

 

 

 

 

Queen & SlimQueen & Slim

Watch on: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

Do the Right ThingDo the Right Thing

Watch on: Peacock, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

The Last Black Man in San FranciscoThe Last Black Man in San Francisco

Watch on: Hulu, Apple TV

 

 

 

InsecureInsecure

Watch on: HBO Max

 

 

 

Judas and the Black MessiahJudas and the Black Messiah

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max

 

 

 

 

Fences movieFences

Watch on: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

Ma Rainey’s Black BottomMa Rainey’s Black Bottom

Watch on: Netflix

 

 

 

 

Hollywood ShuffleHollywood Shuffle

Watch on: YouTube, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

 

If Beale Street Could TalkIf Beale Street Could Talk

Watch on: Hulu, YouTube, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

Malcom XMalcolm X

Watch on: YouTube

 

 

 

 

Get On UpGet On Up

Watch on: Netflix, Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

4242

Watch on: HBO Max, YouTube, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

 

 

 

 

Get OutGet Out 

Watch on: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube

 

 

 

 

Just MercyJust Mercy

Watch on: Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, HBO Max, YouTube

 

 

 

 

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