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Black History Month is officially underway and Netflix has curated a list of documentaries, movies and mini-series that are educational, thought provoking and entertaining, each of which will keep us informed all month long.

Check out a few notable movies to watch on Netflix during this Black History Month


Ava DuVernay’s powerful documentary, 13th explores the U.S. prison system and its extensive history of incarcerating African-Americans. The documentary’s title, 13th, refers to the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Once you’ve had a chance to watch the documentary in its entirety, you’ll understand the correlation between the 13th Amendment, the abolishment of slavery and the state of incarcerated African-Americans today.


Although we have a new commander-in-chief, we’ll always keep the Obamas and their legacy close to our hearts. Barry is a biopic about young President Barack Obama and speaks to his first year as a student at Columbia University, his biracial struggle, his rise to politics and more.

The Black Power Mixtape

The Black Power Mixtape is a documentary story about the Black Power Movement that was born in the 1960s. Although the film was shot by Swedish journalists, the documentary is a distinctly American story with real footage from the time period.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom chronicles Nelson Mandela’s life as he went from a village child to the president of South Africa and leader of the anti-apartheid movement. The biopic stars Idris Elba as Mandela and takes viewers on an emotional ride through history.

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