Note: In reviewing this post, I realized how male-centered it is. Everyone of the characters speaking is male. I apologize for this, and will do better in future posts. Like most men, I consciously and subconsciously reference and privilege fellow men. I’m working on this.
I look for motivation, references, and lessons in all types of places. Truth exists almost everywhere we look. Movies often contain very powerful and transformative ideas. I present here 15 of my favorite.
1. Yoda Schooling Luke Skywalker on belief and the “Force”(Star Wars)
2. Morpheus explaining to Neo who the enemy is (The Matrix)
3. Uncle Ben explains to nephew Peter the relationship between power and responsibility (Spider Man)
4. Charlie Chaplin’s speech (“The Great Dictator”)
5. The Revolutionary speech (V for Vendetta)
6. Confronting Abuse and Guilt (Good Will Hunting)
7. “The Minister” confronting his killer (Belly)
8. Neo discovers and uses his power (The Matrix)
9. Seeing with new eyes (They Live)
10. Magneto declares “Never Again” (X Men: First Class)
11. The Wizard is just a trickster and liar (Wizard of Oz)
12. How Drugs are used to destroy movements (The Wizard of Oz)
13. Protect your dreams! (The Pursuit of Happiness)
14. The importance of knowing the game (Higher Learning)
15. Schooling the ‘Hood (Boyz N The Hood)
Agyei Tyehimba is a former NYC public schoolteacher, co-founder of KAPPA Middle School 215 in the Bronx, NY, and co-author of the Essence Bestselling book, Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler, published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster. Agyei has appeared on C-Span, NY1 News, and most recently on the A&E documentary, “The Mayor of Harlem: Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez.” Mr. Tyehimba is a professional consultant and public speaker providing political advice and direction for Black college student organizations, community activist groups, and nonprofit organizations. If you are interested in bringing Agyei to speak to your organization, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.