Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Black History Represented in Popular Movies

Black History and Popular Culture

In his book, Reclaiming the Black Past, author Pero Dagbovie explains how black history is taught and used in popular culture including movies like Green Book.

Description

In his book, Reclaiming the Black Past, author and professor Pero Dagbovie explains how black history is taught in schools and used in popular culture including movies like Green Book. He discussed criticism of the way history is shown and the points of views that are highlighted.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What are Professor Dagbovie's criticisms of how black history is taught in school?
  • According to Professor Dagbovie, what influences most Americans' perceptions of African American history?
  • What common problems does Professor Dagbovie highlight about movies such as the Green Book?
  • What does Professor Dagbovie mean by these films often being "oversimplifications of complex phenomenon?" How can this be a problem?
  • Describe the reasons for the misrepresentations in films that Professor Dagbovie discusses.

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Civil Rights Movement
    • Deficit Model
    • Green Book
    • Harlem Renaissance
    • Hollywood Films
    • Normative
    • Oppression
    • Popular Culture
    • Segregation
    • Slavery
    • Victimization
    • Viewership

    Topics

    Civil Rights & Civil LibertiesMediaU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity