Coming To The Table Resources and Guides
Movies and Videos
This is list of the films viewed by our Movie Circle. To learn more about our Movie Circle, click here.
- "Amazing Grace" - Documentary: A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.
- American Son: An estranged couple reunite in a Florida police station to help find their missing teenage son.
- "An American Story-Race, Amity and the Other Tradition": Documentary from the National Center for Race Amity and Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Awardee, Dr. William H. ‘Smitty’ Smith, Ed. D. comes “An American Story – Race Amity and the Other Tradition.” A film that tackles racism through friendship and collaboration.
- Brian Banks: A football player's dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.
- Harriet: The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
- If Beale Street Could Talk: A young woman embraces her pregnancy while she and her family set out to prove her childhood friend and lover innocent of a crime he didn't commit.
- Just Mercy: World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.
- Same Kind of Different as Me: International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.
- Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker: The film stars Octavia Spencer and chronicles the incredible story of Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first female African American self-made millionaire. This film is available on Netflix with 4 episodes of about 50 minutes each.
- Tapped: This film examines the financial and ecological impact of our bottled water industry, including the toxic byproducts of manufacturing plastic water bottles, streaming on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Apple TV and other streaming services.
- The Best of Enemies: Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.
- The Birth of a Nation (2016): Depicts an historic event that has almost been wiped out from Virginia's history: the 1831 slave rebellion led by enslaved Nat Turner in Southampton, Virginia.
- The Fight for America's Public Land: This Public Trust Feature film explores the threats facing our public lands from Alaska to Minnesota. A member of the Gwich'in Indian Nation, Bernadette Demientieff is profiled as she fights to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain, the Porcupine Caribou Herd, and the Gwich'in way of life. Also featured is Juanita Vero, owner of one of the oldest ranches in Montana. Protecting the Boundary Waters in Minnesota is also included. Free on Patagonia via YouTube.
- The Last Black Man in San Francisco: A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.
- The Social Dilemma: Tech experts sound the alarm on the dangerous human impact of social networking.
- Uncorked: Elijah must balance his dream of becoming a master sommelier with his father's expectations that he carry on the family's Memphis BBQ joint.
- Voices of Fire: The new gospel musical documentary, executive produced by Pharell Williams, is an incredibly joyful competition. Anyone who likes "American Idol" will enjoy this new infectious series that highlights not only the singers' instruments, but their inspiring stories that got them to the stage. Just like "Idol" and "The Voice," both the contestants and the judges make the show a hit. Oh, and did I mention that the voices they found are heavenly?
- What Men Want: A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men's thoughts.
- What the Health: A controversial film which critiques the health impact of meat, fish, eggs and dairy product consumption on ourselves and our planet, free on Netflix.
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Articles and Books
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https://reparations4slavery.com/ - A portal designed for white Americans to help them better understand the true history and impact of slavery, the nature of institutional racism and how their families fit into the puzzle. It also provides ways and opportunties where they can begin to repair the damage.
"No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise."
- Marian Anderson