Recent films set during/about the Civil Rights Movement:

  • Hidden Figures
  • Selma
  • All the Way
  • Eyes on the Prize
  • Watch anything by Ken Burns! Especially these:
    • The Civil War
    • Vietnam
    • The Roosevelts (TR, FDR, and Eleanor)
    • Dust Bowl
    • Prohibition
    • Jazz
  • Browse Netflix’s growing catalogue of Nollywood films (from the world’s second largest film industry) and examine the stories they tell of contemporary Africa
  • Watch The Crown, on Netflix, tracing the life and career of Queen Elizabeth II
  • The HBO miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” starring Oscar Isaac, dramatizing the political battle to desegregate housing in Yonkers, New York, in the 1980’s and 90’s
  • The Netflix docudrama miniseries Wormwood (directed by Errol Morris), reconstructing the career and suspicious death of a scientist who worked with a CIA on biological weapons early in the Cold War


  • More Perfect podcast from RadioLab (3 seasons about the Supreme Court AND a music album with original songs written about some of the amendments!)
  • “Seeing White” Podcast from Scene on Radio
  • The Last Archive,” a podcast hosted by Jill Lepore, about the question “who killed The Truth?”
  • Throughline podcast (“The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world.”
  • The podcast “Death in the West,” investigating the unsolved murder of union organizer Frank Little in Butte, Montana, in 1917
  • The podcast “This Land,” hosted by Cherokee journalist Rebecca Nagle, narrates how “a cut and dry murder case opened an investigation into half the land in Oklahoma and the treaty rights of five tribes,” which the Supreme Court ruled on this past summer
  • The Foot Soldier of Birmingham” (an episode of the podcast Revisionist History), which traces the story of a famous photograph of the Civil Rights Movement through the controversial artistic choices of a statue commemorating that moment


  • Jack Weatherford, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, available also as an audiobook.
  • Born a Crime, the memoir by Trevor Noah (terrific as an audiobook), about his childhood and teenage years in apartheid South Africa