Anyone who knows me at all understands that I am a movie junkie. So when thinking about Black History Month, I can’t help but think one of the best ways to celebrate is to go down to your local cinema and check out some of the great films that are out about black-American culture and black-American history.
The first movie you should check out is Hidden Figures. This is the true story of mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who were all employed by NASA and were the masterminds of calculating trajectories and orbits to get the first American, astronaut John Glenn, in to space. Katherine Johnson was also given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November of 2015 by President Barack Obama for her work with the space program.
Fences is also a wonderful film. This is the story of Troy Maxson, a former Minor League baseball player who dreamed of making the big leagues but lives his life as a sanitation worker in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. Troy, who is bitter about his own life, begins to suppress his son’s chance at making it to college on a football scholarship. This powerful drama was written by the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson and directed by Denzel Washington.
And last but not least, be absolutely sure you see one of the best movies of the year, Moonlight. It is the story about a young boy, Chiron, growing up and facing all the challenges put in front of him. Being neglected by a drug addicted mother and mostly raised by a kind-hearted drug dealer and his girlfriend, Chiron finds his way through life with his close friend, Kevin.
Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate