Through the lens of documentaries, we can better understand some of the most historic moments in our culture. Oftentimes, Black women are so overlooked when it comes to the documentation of their contributions to societies, fortunately, documentarians have taken note of their hard work and vigor offering insight into their struggles.

See the list of powerful documentaries examining Black history and contributions below.

Loading the player...

Dark Girls

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

The Rape of Recy Taylor

Free Angela & All Political Prisoners 

Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Beah: A Black Woman Speaks 

Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin’ to Tell You


A Ballerina’s Tale

Whitney. “Can I Be Me”