Vermont Reads 2020

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Host a Movie Night or Series

There are many documentaries and movies related to the civil rights movement and also graphic novels that may provide context and complement the themes of The Hate U Give. Here are some suggestions, but this is not an exhaustive list! The movies noted with an asterisk (*) are approved for screening through the Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB)’s motion picture public performance license with Movie Licensing USA. Visit the VTLIB website for information on registering for this service.

  • 4 Little Girls (Documentary, 1997, TV-13) A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the civil rights movement.
  • 13th (Documentary, 2016. TV-MA) An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.
  • *42: The Jackie Robinson Story (Biography, 2013, PG-13) In 1947,Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. He faced considerable racism in the process.
  • *Black Panther (Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi, 2018, PG-13) T’Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country’s past.
  • *BlacKKKlansman (Biography, 2018, R) Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes the Klan’s leader. Based on actual events.
  • *Do the Right Thing (Drama, 1989, R) On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
  • Everything, Everything (Drama, 2017, PG) tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically-sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.
  • Fruitvale Station (Drama, R, 2013) The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies and strangers on the last day of 2008.
  • Hidden Figures (Biography/History, 2016, PG) 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.
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Documentary, 2016, PG-13) Using writings from James Baldwin’ unfinished novel, Remember This House, the film tells the story of race in modern America.
  • *Roots (Biography/History, 1976, TV-14) A dramatization of author Alex Haley’s family line, from ancestor Kunta Kinte’s enslavement to his descendants’ liberation.
  • The Hate U Give (Drama, 2018, PG-13) The movie follows the book about Starr’s story of witnessing the fatal shooting of her childhood best friends at the hands of the police. See if you can find differences between the two stories, and if those differences make the story seem changed.
  • The Outsiders (Drama, 1983, PG) The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other.
  • Straight Outta Compton (Biographical Drama, 2015, R) A 2015 American biographical drama depicting the rise and fall of the gangsta rap group N.W.A and its members Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre. The members were involved in the production, including Ice Cube and Dr.Dre.