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12 Must See Black History Movies

Decades of struggle and hardship paid off when United States elected a black president. It is still too early to say that discrimination has been completely abolished from U.S as different races are being targeted instead of blacks. The blacks who used to be traded to western countries and kept as slaves are now seen as the equal member of the white society. In the past it was not an easy thing to depict black experience without getting banned and barred. Still many writers stood up to shed light on the matter through the medium of books, for instance, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. With the passage of time the relentless struggle of those African Americans, to be accepted in the society and seen as equals, came to be captured by the several silver screen productions of Hollywood. The following mentioned must-watch black history movies highlight their role in the American history and presents tribute to their hardships and perseverance.

In 1989 a film titled, Driving Miss Daisy was released starring the celebrated black actor Morgan Freeman. The movie brings to light the mid-twentieth century Southern prejudices. Also elucidating that race and religion can go beyond these trivial matters of color and creed and help overcome it. The lead character seventy-two year old Daisy hires a black driver and during her travel she gets to know about the life of a victim of overtly prejudiced and discriminatory society of hers. The resolution of the film shows the dawn of a new beginning as Daisy attends Martin Luther King Jr. speech.

One of the cinema’s classic epic-historical-romance Gone with the Wind (1939), is a narrative of impact of Civil War and the reconstructive period in Southern America. Similar to other films released during this period, this movie portrays the staunch racism rampant in the Southern States. The film also marks the first black actor, Hattie McDaniel, to win an Oscar for her performance. However, she was barred from attending premiere of her own film due to notorious Jim Crowe’s laws, who

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