20 Films For White People To Watch This MLK Jr Day Weekend

The list has been curated by me, a local Black Lives Will Matter in the United States activist. I am also a screenwriter, actor, music producer, lyricist, documentarian, and a humanitarian. My birthday is January 25th. Federal holidays are government authorized paid time off in observance of a special cause, commemoration, and or religious rights. The first federal holidays were created in 1870 when Congress granted paid time off to federal workers in the District of Columbia for New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. In 1880, George Washington’s birthday was added. Only 12 federal holidays have been approved by Congress, with the most recent being Juneteenth National Independence Day, which President Joe Biden signed into law in 2021. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Its name stems from June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved people of their freedom two months after the end of the Civil War and more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Did you know that Stevie Wonder penned “Happy Birthday” in campaign for MLK Jr Day. Berry Gordy and Motown led the charge and helped the country understand why Martin’s birthday warrants federal homage. Doctor Martin Luther King Jr was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia. He was the most powerful leader of the Black American voting populate at the time of his assassination by the FBI on April 4, 1968.

This watch-list is meant to teach a white privileged audience the importance of understanding everyday life with Black skin living FREELY in the United States.

  1. SELMA (run time 2hr 9 min)
Common John Legend GIF by mtv - Find & Share on GIPHY

2. RESPECT ( run time 2hr 25min)

3. Ray ( run time 2hr 33min)

Jamie Foxx GIF by Recording Academy / GRAMMYs - Find & Share on GIPHY

4. Remember the Titans ( run time 2hr)

Denzel Washington Football GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

5. Forrest Gump ( run time 2h 22min)

Academy Awards Film GIF by CBS - Find & Share on GIPHY

6. The Color of Friendship ( run time 1hr 27min)

Talking Season 15 GIF by The Simpsons - Find & Share on GIPHY

7. One Night in Miami ( run time 1hr 54min )

Enter the Karens

8. Bring It On ( run time 1hr 40mins)

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9. The Help ( run time 2hr 26mins)

You Is Kind The Help GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

10. Hidden Figures ( run time 2hr 7mins)

Hidden Figures School GIF by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment - Find & Share on GIPHY

11. A Jazzman’s Blues ( run time 2h 7mins)

Tyler Perry Wow GIF by Emmys - Find & Share on GIPHY

12. 42 ( run time 2h 8mins)

Jackie Robinson GIF by MLB - Find & Share on GIPHY

13. The Lion King (run time 1hr 27mins)

The Lion King GIF by Walt Disney Records - Find & Share on GIPHY

14. Girls Trip ( run time 2h 2mins)

Universal GIF by Girls Trip - Find & Share on GIPHY

15. Love and Basketball ( run time 2hr)

Sanaa Lathan Movie GIF by filmeditor - Find & Share on GIPHY

16. Queen & Slim ( run time 2hr 12mins)

Queen And Slim GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

17. Judas & The Black Messiah ( run time 2h 6mins)

Daniel Kaluuya Movie GIF by Judas and the Black Messiah - Find & Share on GIPHY

18. Get Out ( run time 1hr 44mins)

Get Out Tsa GIF by TIFF - Find & Share on GIPHY

19. 13th ( run time 1hr 40mins)

Blm George GIF by PickyWops - Find & Share on GIPHY

20. Black Panther ( run time 2hr 15mins)

Black Panther Fist Bump GIF by Sky - Find & Share on GIPHY

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