Lindsay’s Black List

Films, Shows, Books, Songs, and Speeches All Black People Must Experience

I have created a list of films, television shows, books, songs, and speeches that “all black people” must experience. Much more than entertainment, the lists below represent some of the most important commentary on black life and experiences globally, from past to future.  
**Denotes racist books, films, etc. These items are included to inform black people of how they’ve been portrayed throughout history.

FILMS

  1. Birth of a Nation** 1915

  2. Within Our Gates 1920

  3. Gone with the Wind** 1939

  4. A Raisin in the Sun 1961

  5. The Wiz 1978

  6. School Daze 1988

  7. Do the Right Thing 1989

  8. Daughters of the Dust 1991

  9. Sankofa 1993

  10. Cosmic Slop Metaphysical Movie 1994

  11. Amistad 1997

  12. Rosewood 1997

  13. Besouro (The Assailant) 2009

  14. Hidden Colors 2011

  15. The Help 2011

  16. Slavery by Another Name 2012

  17. 12 Years a Slave 2013

  18. 13th 2016

  19. Birth of a Nation 2016

  20. Get Out 2017

SHOWS & TV MINI-SERIES

  1. Good Times 1974
  2. Roots 1977

  3. The Cosby Show 1984

  4. A Different World 1987

  5. The Boondocks 2005

  6. Black in Latin America 2011

  7. Black-ish 2014

  8. The Book of Negroes 2015

  9. Underground 2016

BOOKS

  1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 1845 Frederick Douglass
  2. Uncle Tom’s Cabin 1852 Harriet B. Stowe

  3. 12 Years a Slave 1853 Solomon Northup

  4. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 1861 Harriet Ann Jacobs

  5. Heart of Darkness** 1899 Joseph Conrad

  6. Up From Slavery 1901 Booker T. Washington

  7. Souls of Black Folk   1903 W.E.B. DuBois

  8. The Mis-education of the Negro 1933 Carter G. Woodson

  9. Their Eyes Were Watching God 1937 Zora Neale Hurston

  10. Stolen Legacy 1954 George James

  11. A Raisin in the Sun (play) 1959 Lorraine Hansberry

  12. Why We Cannot Wait 1964 Martin Luther King, Jr.

  13. The Autobiography of Malcolm X 1965 Alex Haley

  14. For Colored Girls (play) 1976 Ntozake Shange

  15. Roots 1976 Alex Haley

  16. Orientalism 1978 Edward Said

  17. Black Feminist Thought 1990 Patricia Hill Collins

  18. Why Are All the Black Kids...Cafeteria 1997 Beverly Daniel Tatum

  19. Mistaking Africa 1999 Curtis Keim

  20. Half of a Yellow Sun 2006 Chimamanda Adichie

  21. Medical Apartheid 2006 Harriet A. Washington

  22. Slavery by Another Name 2008 Douglas A. Blackmon

  23. The New Jim Crow 2010 Michelle Alexander

  24. Black in Latin America 2011 Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

  25. Americanah 2013 Chimamanda Adichie

SONGS

  1. Wade in the Water (Coded Negro Spiritual)
  2. Go Down Moses (Coded Negro Spiritual)

  3. Lift Every Voice and Sing 1905 James W. Johnson

  4. We Shall Overcome 1947

  5. To Be Young, Gifted, and Black 1958 Nina Simone

  6. A Change is Gonna Come 1964 Sam Cooke

  7. I’m Black and I’m Proud 1968 James Brown

  8. The Revolution Will Not be Televised 1970 Gil Scott Heron

  9. What’s Going On 1971 Marvin Gaye

  10. Get Up, Stand Up 1973 Bob Marley

  11. Wake Up Everybody 1975 Teddy Pendergrass

  12. War 1976 Bob Marley

  13. The Message 1982 Grandmaster Flash

  14. F*ck the Police 1988 N.W.A.

  15. Self-Destruction 1988 Stop the Violence

  16. Fight the Power 1990 Public Enemy

  17. They Don’t Really Care About Us 1995 Michael Jackson

  18. I Know I Can 2002 Nas

  19. Diamonds from Sierra Leone 2005 Kanye West

  20. Africa Must Wake Up 2010 Jr. Marley & Nas

  21. Black Gold 2012 Esperanza Spalding

  22. Black Woman 2014 Seun Kuti

  23. Freedom 2016 Beyonce

  24. F.U.B.U. 2016 Solange

SPEECHES

  1. Ain’t I a Woman? 1851 Sojourner Truth
  2. The African Genius 1963 Kwame Nkrumah

  3. I Have a Dream 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr.

  4. Black Girls Rock Address 2016 Beverly Bond