What a beautiful world we live in! And yet, the dark cloud of discrimination, destruction, and anger hangs over us. This current situation of racism, violence, and hatred warrants serious family discussions, and yet, where does one begin? Perhaps at the movies. We have selected some excellent films for families that approach the subject of discrimination from a variety of perspectives. I urge you to take some time to watch and discuss these movies with your children. Our family has had some thought-provoking dinner conversations as we have compared and discussed the characters and situations in these films. As parents, it falls on us to foster courage, uprightness, and independence of thought in our children so they will be prepared to be kind, fair, and strong in the face of injustice.
Raising wholesome children in our world is a challenge. My hope lies in knowing that our dedication to our children's academic, social, and moral education today will result in a more beautiful tomorrow.
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Family Movie Night
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends an African-American man against an undeserved sexual assault charge, and his children against prejudice.
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view." - Scout (Jean Louise)
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)
Joey Drayton brings her fiancé home to sunny San Francisco to meet her affluent parents. Their liberal persuasions are now put to the test, for although the young man is an ideal choice (highly and internationally respected in the medical field, impeccably mannered, handsome, well dressed, and of a respectable California family), he's African-American.
The Color of Friendship (2000)
Set in 1977, a white South African girl finds herself in a difficult situation when she is sent to spend a term with an African-American family in America.
"We are human beings. And if there is one thing that human beings have in common, it is the desperate need to be free." -Ron Dellums
Remember the Titans (2000)
The true story of a newly appointed African-American football coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
"The best player will play, color won't matter." -Coach Boone
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.
"Separate and equal are two different things. Just 'cause it's the way, doesn't make it right." -Dorothy Vaughan
Just Mercy (2019)
Civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned African-American death row prisoner.
“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” -Bryan Stevenson