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This four-part miniseries debuted on Netflix last year to critical acclaim. It explores the 1989 case in which five teenagers were falsely accused of assaulting a female jogger in Central Park and the impact it had on the families of the men who were accused.

When They See Us

The most recent release on the list, "Just Mercy" tells the story of Harvard Law School graduate Bryan Stevenson as he sets out to overturn the wrongful conviction of a man who was accused of murder based on the unreliable testimony. The courtroom drama is as compelling as it is moving, and the real-life heroes are still fighting against injustice today.

Just Mercy

This HBO documentary delves into the last year of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. Released just before the 50th anniversary of his assassination, the film includes never-before-seen footage that gives a glimpse into the mind of the civil rights icon before his death.

King in the Wilderness

Set in the early 19th century, this film is based on the life of Nat Turner, who led a slave rebellion in Virginia and was subsequently hanged for his actions. The epic tale shows just what lengths slaves had to go to in the pursuit of freedom

The Birth of a Nation

"Hidden Figures" shares the story of three black women mathematicians who worked at NASA during the space race in the 1960s. While their contributions are critical to the success of the organization's work, they still had to face the struggles of segregation.

Hidden Figures

Directed by Ava DuVernay, this film chronicles the 1965 voting rights marches that started in Selma, Alabama. In an election year, it's especially poignant to watch.


This Oscar-winning pick recounts the journey of Solomon Northup, a violinist who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., sold into slavery in Louisiana and eventually found and freed to return back to his family.

12 Years a Slave