AAUW California is proud to celebrate Black History Month. Breaking down barriers and empowering others, honoring those who paved our way, and striving to keep our country moving forward and never back are all part of our shared mission. Let us know the ways your branch will be engaged in honoring African-American history.
The Stockton branch will be hosting their fourth annual African American History program with Trailblazers: African American Women Firsts. Spend the morning celebrating, singing, and learning, followed by a tasty luncheon spread.
For something more casual, yet thought-provoking, AAUW California recommends the following films that honor or represent African-American history. Get a group together and discuss them afterwards.
I Am Not Your Negro – The pivotal Oscar-nominated documentary using the words of James Baldwin’s unfinished memoir on race in America, “Remember This House”.
Hidden Figures – Focuses on three ladies of NASA’s computer pool who shattered barriers and became integral to the continued success of the space agency, and women in STEM.
Fences – Denzel Washington directs and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson’s play about a man bitter and resentful of opportunities missed. Not everyone’s story turns out the way they planned, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a story to be told.
13th – Ava Duvernay’s powerful, haunting documentary on the persistent institutionalized racism resulting from the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Moonlight – This year’s Best Picture Oscar winner. Chiron spends most of his young life struggling with his identity, his masculinity, and his place in the world; all while dealing with his drug-addicted mother. Also features Best Supporting Actor winner, Mahershala Ali.