Celebrate Black History Month with film

1st October, 2015

October marks Black History Month, the annual celebration of black culture around the globe, and so we've collected some particularly relevant films and appropriate resources to help you explore Black History in the classroom.

There are many films that are great for exploring and celebrating black culture, with one of the most recent being civil rights drama Selma, for which we created an assembly resource that is a perfect way of bringing Black History Month and film together in schools.

A huge part of exploring Black History Month is considering the Civil Rights movement. This has been - and remains - a hugely significant and important issue, particularly in the United States. Selma marks, surprisingly, the first film ever made about civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Selma Assembly Resource

Perfect for Black History Month, this assembly resource will help raise awareness of, and stimulate discussion on, issues surrounding civil rights that remain hugely relevant to the world we live in today. Consisting of an assembly PowerPoint presentation and a set of accompanying teachers' notes, this resource will help to improve young people's social and cultural awareness.

To celebrate Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma, we put together this interactive assembly resource that uses stimulus from the film as a way to explore the Civil Rights Movement. Everyone knows the famous King speeches, but there was more to the man than 'I have a dream...'

Download our Selma assembly PowerPoint presentation

Download our Selma assembly notes

More films for Black History Month


This vibrant animation from 2012 is to be given a cinema release as part of Children's Cinema Club, which aims to broaden the range and diversity of children's films getting commercial releases in UK cinemas. Zarafa is released in cinemas on October 9, and is also showing as part of Into Film Festival - book your free places to see Zarafa at IFF here.

3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets

This important and riveting documentary explores the tragic aftermath of a shooting in America, in which a white man shot and killed a black man over a seemingly innocuous argument. Exploring Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense laws, this is a documentary that isn't always easy to watch, but is important. The film is released in cinemas Friday 2 October. Find out where you can see 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets near you with FindAnyFilm.

Jemima and JohnnyJemima and Johnny

This black and white film from 1966 is set in a London that's still feeling the effects of the 1958 Notting Hill race riots. The film depicts the way an innocent friendship between Jonny, a white boy born to a white supremacist family, and Jemima, a black girl, daughter to Caribbean immigrants, affects the people around them. This wonderful short film is available to watch in its entirety for free on the BFI Player. Click here to watch Jemima and Johnny.

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