Teen Time: Black History Month @ the movies!
There are so many wonderful events to celebrate in February. Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, and Black History month! We love celebrating diversity and what better time to do so then this month! So, for this week’s Teen Time we are taking a look at some awesome movies that celebrate black history, heritage, and culture! Attendees will snack on popcorn and candy and choose from this selection of four feature films. See below for details!
The Wiz- A Motown spin on the classic story “The Wizard of Oz”! Dorothy is a Harlem schoolteacher who tries to save her dog from a storm and is whisked away to an urban OZ. In order to get back to Harlem, Dorothy must find The Wiz and embarks on an adventure where she meets the scarecrow, tin man, and cowardly lion. An incredible cast and fun Motown music make this classic a fun choice!
42: The Jackie Robinson Story-In 1946, Branch Rickey, legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball’s notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to the team. The heroic act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing open racism from all sides, Robinson demonstrates true courage and admirable restraint by not reacting in kind and lets his undeniable talent silence the critics for him.
The Princess and the Frog- This story is not only enchanting but it also features the first African American Disney princess! Tiana is a hardworking New Orleans young woman trying to scrape enough money together to open her own resturant. Prince Naveen shys away from hard work and only wants to live a life full of fun and adventure. When they both fall under a spell that turns them into frogs they must work together to break it or live out their days as frogs.
Hidden Figures- This true story focuses on three of the many black women who helped make space exploration possible. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson are mathematicians and computers who work hard on the difficult calculations and equations needed to get to the moon, all without receiving credit for their hard work. They face the challenges of racism, sexism, and oppression in the workforce but they overcome it and triumph as they help to get the first man into orbit! Spectacular, moving performances by three talented women make this a must see!