Honoring Black History With Award-Winning Media

February 4, 2021 | Evident Change

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The second half of 2020 brought a surge of interest in books about race and social justice as people around the world protested police killings of Black Americans. With an eye toward continuing the movement among many to educate themselves and understand US Black history, and in honor of Black History Month, Evident Change recommends the following books and movies. All the titles were recognized by Evident Change with a Media for a Just Society Award or a Distinguished Achievement Award in the year listed.


You Can’t Stop the Revolution: Community Disorder and Social Ties in Post-Ferguson America, Andrea Boyles, 2020

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, Anthony Ray Hinton, 2019

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, Susan Burton and Cari Lynn, 2018

Blood in the Water, Heather Ann Thompson, 2017

Bastards of the Reagan Era, Reginald Dwayne Betts, 2016

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, 2015

Men We Reaped: A Memoir, Jesmyn Ward, 2014


Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Dr. Monique Morris and Jacoba Atlas, 2020

It’s a Hard Truth, Ain’t It, Dennis Brown, Marshaun Buggs, Al’Jonon Coleman, James Collins, Franklin Cox, Brandon Crider, Clifford Elswick, Quentis Hardiman, Joseph Henderson, Charles Lawrence, Herb Robertson, Rushawn Tanksley, Mark Thacker, Stacey Reiss, and Madeleine Sackler

Crown Heights, Matt Ruskin, 2018

13th, Ava DuVernay, 2017

Milwaukee 53206, Keith McQuirter, 2017

Imperial Dreams, Malik Vitthal, 2015

Fruitvale Station, Ryan Coogler, 2014

Gideon’s Army, Dawn Porter, 2014

The Central Park Five, Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, 2013