For the month of June, Amazon Prime will be streaming a significant array of black history, black hardship and black movies of hope, for free, in honor of Black Lives Matter. The selection is significant, starting with the 2019 hit, Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx. The film is the true story of Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan), who after graduating from Harvard, heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian’s life.

Here is the official trailer:

Other free streaming selections courtesy of Amazon Prime are Selma, I Am Not Your Negro, Freedom, Harriet Tubman, They Called Her Moses (or you can rent, at the reduced price of $2.99, Harriet)

Racism isn’t new to America. It’s been there since the country began. Each national must endure its own distinct pain. This pain is what should unite us, but it doesn’t. They say that this time, however, its going to be different. This time, they are going to succeed. This time there will be a distinct change in America. My hope and my prayers are with them.

In the interim, as an Italian, this is what we had to endure. Called every name under the sun, depicted as only lowlife gangsters, it wasn’t until Italians made them an offer they couldn’t refuse did we see any upward mobility. Italians went to school, got educated, got degrees, became doctors, became lawyers and yes, even became politicians. Italians changed the system from the inside out. Italians became the world the way they wanted it to be. Exactly what Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy) is doing till this very day.