To commemorate Black History Month and recognize that Black history is part of American history, Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law (OCCDL) and the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association (TMBA) prepared the below media starter reflecting Black history and heritage past and present. We invite everyone, not just OCCDL and TMBA members, to join us in celebrating Black representation, identity, and diversity all year round, whether in law or in our ordinary everyday lives.

NOTE: Some of the material (especially the movies and TV shows) may contain explicit content.

Books / Poetry
Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X with Alex Haley
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
In This Place by Amanda Gorman
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Jazz by Toni Morrison
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Native Son by Richard Wright
Roots by Alex Haley
Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks
Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Du Bois
Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Cane by Jean Toomer
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Wench by Dolan Perkins-Valdez
A Love Supreme album by John Coltrane
Art of Ernie Barnes
Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Art of Romare Beardon
Back on the Block album by Quincy Jones
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back album by Public Enemy
Kind of Blue album by Miles Davis
Musical works by Brandon, Wynton, and Ellis Marsalis
Songs in the Key of Life album Stevie Wonder
Straight Outta Compton album by N.W.A.
Superfly album by Curtis Mayfield
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised compilation album by Gil Scott-Heron
To Pimp a Butterfly album by Kendrick Lamar
What’s Going On album by Marvin Gaye
Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sound, Volume One album by Jill Scott
How Can We Win – Kimberly Jones

Films / TV Series
13th (Ava DuVernay) – Netflix
American Son (Kenny Leon) – Netflix
Becoming (Michelle Obama) – Netflix
Black in America (Soledad O’Brien) – CNN
Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 – Available to rent
BlackAF (Netflix)
Black-ish (ABC) – Season 2, Episode 3 addresses police violence
Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) – Available to rent
Dear White People (Netflix)
Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap (season 1, episode 3) – Netflix
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) – Available to rent
Good Hair (Jeff Stilson) – YouTube
Grown-ish (Freeform / Hulu)
I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin documentary) – Netflix; available to rent
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) – Hulu
Insecure (HBO)
Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton)
King In The Wilderness – HBO
Mixed-ish (ABC)
Queer Eye, Season 1, Episode 3 – “Dega Don’t” (Netflix)
See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) – Netflix
Selma (Ava DuVernay) – Available to rent
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Stanley Nelson Jr.) – Available to rent
The Chi (Showtime / Hulu)
The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) – Hulu with Cinemax
Time: The Kalief Browder Story – Netflix
Watchmen (HBO)
When The Levees Broke (Spike Lee) – Hulu
When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) – Netflix
Who Killed Malcolm X? – Netflix
Works of Oscar Micheaux
1619 (New York Times)
Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
Still Processing with Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham
The Breakdown with Shaun King
Books for Children
A Black Woman Did That! by Malaika Adero & Chanté Timothy
Birchtown and the Black Loyalists by Wanda Lauren Taylor
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon
Picture Books for Children
Africa is My Home: A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger & Robert Byrd
Baby Flo by Alan Schroeder & Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu
Bippity Bop Barbershop by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley & E.B. Lewis
Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy & Ekua Holmes
Bronzeville Boys and Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks & Faith Ringgold
Can I Touch Your Hair? by Irene Latham and Charles Waters & Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange & Kadir Nelson
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill,
Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Dizzy by Jonah Winter & Sean Qualls
Ella Sings the Blues by Helen Hancocks
Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange & Kadir Nelson
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford & R. Gregory Christie
Freedom’s School by Lesa Cline-Ransome & James E. Ransome
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford & Jamey Christoph
Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box by Michael S. Brandy and Eric Stein & James E. Ransome
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry - see the short film that won an Oscar for Best Short Film here
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Jr. by Jean Marzollo & J. Brian Pinkney
Harriet Tubman by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Pili Aguado
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine & Kadie Nelson
Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly & Laura Freeman
I Am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer & Christopher Eliopoulos
I Am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer & Christopher Eliopoulos
I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Kadir Nelson
I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes & Bryan Collier
If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement by Gwendolyn Hooks & Kelly Kennedy
Josephine: The dazzling life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell & Christian Robinson]
Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
Look What Brown Can Do! by T. Marie Harris & Neda Ivanova
Love Will See You Through by Angela Farris Watkins, PhD & Sally Wern Comport
Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed & Stasia Burrington
Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz & A.G. FordMae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed & Stasia Burrington
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman by Alan Schroeder & Jerry Pinkney
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama & Loren Long
Princess Hair by Sharee Miller
Ron's Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne Naden & Don Tate
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni & Bryan Collier
She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick & Don Tate
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald by Roxanne Orgill & Sean Qualls
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson & James Ransome
Testing The Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson & Kadir Nelson
The Nutcracker in Harlem by T.E. McMorrow & James Ransom
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles & George Ford
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson – see the author read the book here
Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks & Colin Bootmant
To The Rescue!: Garrett Morgan Underground by Monica Kulling & David Parkins
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr. & Shane W. Evans
Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins & Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
Under the Same Sun by Sharon Robinson & AG Ford
Up from the Ashes by Hannibal B. Johnson
Up Home by Shauntay Grant and & Susan Tooke
White Water by Michael S. Bandy, Eric Stein & Shadra Strickland