12 Black History Movies for Kids of All Ages
February is Black History Month and a celebration of the African-American experience in the United States and Canada. This makes it a perfect time to learn and grow as a family by watching movies that celebrate Black stories and history.
Representation matters, and taking the time to watch these movies and discuss them as a family is important. Check out our list of Black history movies for kids and choose a few options based on the age of your children:
Black History Movies: Preschool and Up
Black History Movies: Elementary School and Up
Black History Movies: Middle School and Up
Available on Netflix
This thought provoking documentary by Ava DuVernay delves into the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. This film is heavy and filled with important information that is most appropriate for teens. It pairs America’s challenging racial history with modern day observations in a way that you can’t look away from. This film includes graphic scenes of racial violence, so this documentary may be best watched as a family to allow for feelings and discussion to be shared.
Looking for ways to teach your kids about not only Black History Month, but also race? Check out 25 Books for Kids About Race and Racism.