Screenshot of children from the movie The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, inside a cartoon TV set.

It’s Black History Month

Every February the United States observes Black History Month, and while this is less formally recognised in New Zealand, we’re all for gaining a better understanding of the perspectives and histories of our diverse University community.

Why not take an hour (or several) to grow your knowledge of Black history?

We’ve selected a few great documentaries from our TV and Radio database to get you started. Simply sign in with your staff or student University login and watch for FREE.

  1. Underground Railroad: The Secret History

A four-part series that uses archaeology and modern technology to unlock some of the biggest mysteries surrounding the secret network that helped enslaved people escape to freedom.

Watch Underground Railroad: The Secret History.

  1. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

A documentary charting the rise and fall of the revolutionary organisation, the Black Panther Party, combining archival footage with interviews with surviving Panthers and FBI agents.

Watch The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.

  1. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Archival footage from 1967-1975, showing the evolution of the Black Power movement, overlaid with interviews with contemporary African American artists, activists, musicians, and scholars.

Watch The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.