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While we definitely honor and acknowledge black history all year round, February 1st marks the official start of Black History Month – a time of year where we pay homage to notable past, present and future black history makers.

We are all taught about African-American history throughout our schools, jobs and even our everyday lives and it’s important that we continuously acknowledge where we came from so we know exactly where we are going and where we can go. As we’re celebrating the past achievements of notable African-Americans this month, let’s revisit some important films that mirrored black  culture, made us think and helped us grow. Here are notable films to watch this Black History Month.

“Selma”

Ava DuVernay has become a household name, teaming up with Oprah Winfrey and an all-star cast to deliver “Selma,” a movie that dug into the heart of the march from Selma to Montgomery. DuVernay’s intense talent of creating a movie where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who we mystify, became a man and a leader of a movement who often needed the encouragement from those around him. We all think we know the story, but we’ve never seen it told like this. And now, when racial tensions are high because of the strained relationship between police and Blacks, we need this movie more than ever.

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