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Black History Month celebrates the impact Black heritage has had on our country. As we take a look back at history, it’s also important to determine how we’re going to change for the future. And part of the change includes learning about the impacts Black, Indigenous and Immigrant cultures have had, and continue to have, on society.

To further the understanding of racism and equity and to drive positive change that helps eliminate systemic racism, YWCA St. Paul created a Learning Library of Movies/Documentaries, Poetry, Articles, Podcasts and Books. These resources provide information on racial justice, racism and the impact of racism on lived experiences.

Movies/ Documentaries:

  • True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality (George Kunhardt) A look at how Alabama attorney Bryan Stevenson struggles to create more fairness in the legal system.
  • Get Out (Jordan Peele) A horror-comedy film that explores modern American racism.
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) A four-episode depiction of what led to the wrongful 1990 conviction (and eventual exoneration in 2002) of a handful of teenage Black boys from Harlem in the violent rape and assault of 28-year-old New York banker.
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) An historical drama based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches.
  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (David Heilbroner, Kate Davis) An investigation into what happened to activist Sandra Bland, who died in police custody after a routine traffic stop.
  • Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee) Released 30 years ago, the film explores how racial inequality drives conflict in a predominantly African-American community on the hottest day of the summer.
  • LA 92 (Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin) LA 92 is about the Los Angeles riots that occurred in response to the police beating of Rodney King. The film is entirely comprised of archival footage.

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