Previously this month we released a list of books and podcasts you should read during Black History Month, but maybe books and podcasts aren’t your thing. If they are not, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out these documentary recommendations provided by Hope College’s Black Student Union.


Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. 13th is available to stream on Netflix.

Dark Girls

Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism, and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are. Black Girls is available to stream on Sling TV, Amazon Prime premium, and available to rent on Youtube and Amazon.

We hope you enjoy viewing these documentaries as we are preparing for the Kwame Alexander event taking place on Thursday February 26th at 2:00 pm EST. Kwame Alexander will discuss how he became an author, about his lastest book on race and hope, why he writes poetry, and why he writes the books he does. You will not want to miss this event.

See you there!

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