Civil Rights Movies for Middle and High School

Civil Rights is a topic as relevant today as it was 60 years ago Here are some great Civil Rights movies for middle and high school to stir discussion!

Civil Rights is a topic as relevant today as it was 60 years ago Here are some great Civil Rights movies for middle and high school to stir discussion!

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Civil Rights Movies for Middle and High School

Ruby Bridges

This Disney movie reflects the story of Ruby Bridges. Ruby was the first black child to go to an all-white school. This is her incredible story of perseverance.

Woodlawn Woodlawn reminded me of Remember the Titans with a strong Christian message. In this true story set in the 1970s, the Woodlawn High School football team works to unite its recently desegregated high school. The film is great for the whole family, and is pretty well made.

The Help

Based on the bestseller, The Help blends modern movie styles with racism in the 60s and tackles tough issues. Quirky Skeeter decides to stir things up in Jackson, Mississippi by writing a book about the lives of African-American maids.

Selma

In a pretty accurate depiction of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965, when he worked heavily for equal voting rights.

Hidden Figures

Nicknamed the human computer, Katherine Johnson was a kick-butt mathematician and physician. At a time when most African-Americans didn’t make it to high school, Katherine graduated high school at 14 and college at 18. Her math skills helped take us to the moon for the first time during Apollo 11. You can see the fact vs. fiction elements at History vs. HollywoodImage credit: Hidden Figures

To Kill a Mockingbird

Told from the perspective of a child, this movie is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Set during the Great Depression, the plot involves a black man being accused of raping a white woman.

Sounder

In the midst of the Great Depression, African-American Nathan Lee Morgan steals food in order to help feed his family. After he gets arrest, his wife and children work to fight poverty and prejudice in the south.

42: The Jackie Robinson Story

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke racial barriers with baseball by becoming the first African American to join a Major League Baseball team. This is his story!

Selma In a pretty accurate depiction of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965, when he worked heavily for equal voting rights.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, this oldie film tackles mixed-race marriage in the 1960s. Joanna brings home her fiance, a black doctor, to meet her parents. Both of their families must deal with their intolerance and prejudices against each other.

The Butler

Inspired by a true story, Cecil Gaines served as a White House butler over eight presidencies and three decades. The film is well made and is rounded with an all-star cast with Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Oprah, and more. Image credit: The Butler

The Butler Inspired by a true story, Cecil Gaines served as a White House butler over eight presidencies and three decades. The film is well made and is rounded with an all-star cast with Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Oprah, and more.

Woodlawn

Woodlawn reminded me of Remember the Titans with a strong Christian message. In this true story set in the 1970s, the Woodlawn High School football team works to unite its recently desegregated high school. The film is great for the whole family, and is pretty well made.

Man of Honor

Carl Brashear was the first African American US Navy diver, and the first amputee diver in the US Navy! It is rated R for profanity, which was pretty rough.

Remember the Titans

Set in the early 70s, Denzel Washington leads a strong cast about football teaching a group of white and black men and the power of respect and reconciliation. It is based on a true story, which means it took some creative liberty. Still, this would make a great research project! Image credit: Remember the Titans

Civil Rights is a topic as relevant today as it was 60 years ago Here are some great Civil Rights movies for middle and high school to stir discussion!

What are your favorite Civil Rights movies for middle school and high school?

Civil Rights is a topic as relevant today as it was 60 years ago Here are some great Civil Rights movies for middle and high school to stir discussion!

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