YouTube Celebrates Black History Month

Features Inspirational Films

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February is Black History Month in the United States and YouTube is celebrating through a partnership with Grey Goose Vodka to present a month of progamming in its honor. They’ve kicked off the month with four films that "offer unique accounts of moments or themes from African and African-American history," Sara P. explains on the YouTube Blog. The films will be shown at the YouTube Screening Room.

Films include (descriptions from the YouTube Screening Room):

Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmon (featured below)

Winner of the Audience Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony" examines the central role black South African freedom music played in the long battle and triumph over Apartheid.


This expertly animated short recounts a story from the ancient African oral tradition, detailing how the merging of life and death gave birth to a beautiful musical instrument: the hungu. "Hungu" won Best Animated Short at the 2008 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Electric Purgatory

Screened at ten international film festivals, "Electric Purgatory" reveals and explores the struggles black rock musicians have faced as they try to build audiences in an unfriendly industry.

– The 13th Amendment

In "The 13th Amendment," follow a 90-year-old great grandmother as she casts her first-ever vote for an African-American President.

YouTube will change up the films on February 13th. However, they are not advertising what the new films will be.

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