Movies for Black History Month

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Canyon Park Blog wishes you a wonderful month! To help you observe Black History Month, which takes place every February, we are sharing some of our favorite movies that honor noteworthy people throughout history. Spend an evening or two this month viewing one of these films in your Puyallup, WA apartment! These stories may get you emotional, but they will also help you have a greater appreciation for the contributions of black people to our society.

Hidden Figures

During the Space Race of the 20th century, sending someone into orbit was nearly the most sought after achievement possible. This film adds further insight into the story of the first American to orbit the earth, and specifically the genius behind this feat, which came in the form of three gifted Black women. Before Hidden Figures, their efforts were largely unrecognized. This month, enjoy one of the most empowering films of the decade!

Malcolm X

How much do you know about the life and legacy of Malcolm X? This film serves as a tribute to one of the most famous — and controversial — Black rights activists fighting for liberation. This film details his time spent in prison during the ‘50s, his leadership in the Nation of Islam, and his assassination. X’s legacy will forever live on as a paragon of racial pride and self-determination.

Loving

The 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia was one of the most monumental decisions for racial equality, voiding any state law forbidding interracial marriage. Follow the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple who fought to make it possible for African Americans and other racial minority groups to marry as they wish.

12 Years a Slave

Imagine what it would be like to be a free Black man in the pre-Civil War era, and then to be wrongfully sold into the slave trade of the South. 12 Years a Slave brings the story of Solomon Northup to life on the big screen as he makes his way from owner to owner, merely trying to survive as well as fight for his honor. When he meets an abolitionist after twelve years, his life changes forever.

Which film will you watch this Black History Month? Let our community know by leaving a comment below!

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