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African American children’s movies that make you laugh, cry and cheer. Make family night special!

 

Movies for African American kids.

Black history movies to learn about the past.  

Enjoy these movies with Black child actors.

 

African American Children's Movies

Over the decades, Hollywood has become more diverse in providing family films with leading African American roles. Black culture has its classics, whether the story is historical or fictional. Look no further for African American children’s movies that provide positive messages of courage, intelligence and strength to break barriers.

 

The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the show or movie prior to watching.

 

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Black History Movies for Kids and Families

 

Garrett’s Gift (2008)
Garrett’s Gift tells the inspiring story of African American inventor Garrett Morgan. Narrated by award-winning actress and vocalist Queen Latifah, Garrett’s Gift teaches us that we are all born with a gift, something that is ours alone, but what is most important is that we give that gift back to the world.

 

The Color of Friendship (2000)
A white South African girl finds herself in a tricky situation when she is sent to spend a term with a black family in America.
Movie can be seen on Disney, YouTube, and Google Play.

 

Hidden Figures (2016)
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program
Movie can be seen on YouTube, Vudu, and Amazon Prime Video.

 

Ruby Bridges (1998)
When six-year-old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American to integrate her local elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the first time.

 

Woodlawn (2015)
A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.
Movie can be seen on YouTube, Vudu, and Amazon Prime Video.

 

Selma (2014)
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
Movie can be seen on HULU, Sling TV, and Amazon Prime Video.

 

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Children’s Movies for Preschoolers (Ages 3-4):

 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (On-going)
PBS Kids
The adventures of the children of the characters of Fred Rogers‘ Neighborhood of Make-Believe

 

Peg and Cat (Ongoing)
PBS Kids
A spirited little girl named Peg and her sidekick Cat solve problems using foundational math concepts.

Super Why! (2007)
YouTubeTV
Super why is a great adventure to get kids to “look in a book!” Wyatt and his pals usually have to solve a problem by looking into a story and solving a puzzle.

Helpsters (2019)
Apple TV+
Cody and the Helpsters are a team of monsters who love to solve problems. Whether it’s planning a party or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out – because everything starts with a plan.

 

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Children’s Movies for Kindergarten and Grades 1-3 (Ages 5-7 years):

 

Tiny World (2020)
Apple TV+
A look at the world through the eyes of the tiniest creatures and witness the extraordinary things they do to survive

 

Rated Y7 – Children’s Movies for Grades 4-6 (Ages 8-12 years):

 

Soul (2020)
Disney
A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself

 

Godmothered (2020)
Disney
A young and unskilled fairy godmother ventures out on her own to prove her worth by tracking down a young girl whose request for help was ignored

 

The Real Right Stuff (2020)
Disney
Follow the story of the first American astronauts in space in this National Geographic documentary.

 

Hamilton (2020)
Disney
The real-life of one of America’s foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.

 

Artemis Fowl (2020)
Disney
Artemis Fowl, a young criminal prodigy, hunts down a secret society of fairies to find his missing father.

 

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Rated G/PG –Children’s Movies for Grades 7+ (Ages 8 – 13 years):

 

Thunder Soul (2010)
Alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for their beloved band leader who turned the struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.
Movie can be seen on Tubi, YouTube, and Vudu.

 

The Express (2008)
A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Movie can be seen on Universal on demand and for rent.

 

Annie (2014)
A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York City mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.
Movie can be seen on Tubi, Vudu, and YouTube.

 

Home (2015)
An alien on the run from his people makes friends with a girl. He tries to help her on her quest, but it can be an interference.
Movie can be seen on Hulu, Sling TV, and rented on Redbox.

 

A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
After her scientist father’s disappearance, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space to find him.
Movie can be seen on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and YouTube.

 

The Karate Kid (2010)
Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master.
Movie can be seen on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and YouTube.

 

Moana (2016)
In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.
Movie can be seen on Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Vudu.

 

Up, Up, and Away! (2000)
The only normal member of a super-powered family feels left out and confused until he has the chance to use a talent of his own to save everyone.
Movie can be seen on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.

 

The Gabby Douglas Story (2014)
The story of the international gymnastics phenomenon who overcame overwhelming odds to become the first African American ever to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.
Movie can be seen on Vudu and YouTube.

 

Glory Road (2006)
In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
Movie can be seen on Cinemax, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu and YouTube.

 

Onward (2020)
Two elven brothers embark on a quest to bring their father back for one day.
Movie can be seen on Disney, YouTube, VUDU and Amazon Prime Video.

 

The Witches (2020)
A young boy and his grandmother have a run-in with a coven of witches and their leader.
Movie can be seen on HBO Max.

 

Tom and Jerry (2021) 
A chaotic battle ensues between Jerry Mouse, who has taken refuge in the Royal Gate Hotel, and Tom Cat, who is hired to drive him away before the day of a big wedding arrives.
Movie can be seen on Amazon Prime Video.

 

Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
In a realm known as Kumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.

 

Rated PG-13/TV-14 – Children’s Movies for Grades 7-12 (Ages 13 years and older):

 

The Help (2011)
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work and the hardships they go through daily.
Movie can be seen on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and YouTube.

 

A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
An African-American family struggles with poverty, racism, and inner conflict as they strive for a better way of life. Based on the play by Lorraine Hansberry.
Movie can be seen on Vudu and YouTube.

 

Dolittle (2020)
A physician (Robert Downey Jr.) who can talk to animals embarks on an adventure to find a legendary island with a young apprentice and a strange pet crew.
Movie can be seen on HBO, HULU, and Amazon Prime Video

 

Sonic The Hedgehog (2020)
After discovering a tiny, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help him defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on him.
Movie can be seen on HULU, Sling TV, and Amazon Prime Video

 

Coming 2 America (2021)
The African monarch Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to America to meet this unexpected heir and build a relationship with his son.

 

 

Is your favorite film not on our list of African American Children’s movies? Let us know at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

 

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  1. Another Black Classic is “Ink Well” with a very young Jada Pinket and Lorenz Tate. Add to the list. Very good movie for family with teens to watch together.

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