From the perspective of Andrew Young, the renowned civil rights leader and former United Nations Ambassador, this film series focuses on positive stories often overlooked by the mainstream media. A new hour-long film will premiere the 3rd Thursday of every month in 2021 on @BlackMenofCourage Facebook and Youtube pages.
|January 2021||Son of New Orleans|
|February 2021||Change in the Wind|
|March 2021||Leaving Selma|
|May 2021||Memphis: Facing the Cross|
|June 2021||The Whirlwinds of Revolt|
|July 2021||Think Young|
|August 2021||Fountain of Freedom|
|September 2021||1963: Dreams and Nightmares|
|October 2021||How We Got Over|
|November 2021||After the Storm|
|December 2021||TBD: Part of Ford's Our Voices: Our Stories series|
CIVIL RIGHTS TITLES
“How We Got Over”
Archivists and students at the University of Georgia fight against time to preserve the history of the Civil Rights movement on reels of rare film footage, seen for the first time in half a century.
“Son of New Orleans”
As a child, Andrew Young grew up in a racially diverse, fascinating, and sometimes dangerous community in New Orleans. It was there he learned the arts of negotiation and diplomacy – skills that would lead him from the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the United Nations and beyond.
“The Whirlwinds of Revolt”
As the Civil Rights movement was taking shape in the United States in the late 50s and early 60s, two men were destined to join forces. Andrew Young recounts his earliest meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and how they might never have become friends and colleagues in the fight for equal rights had it not been for their wives. Included is an account of their attempt to integrate Albany, Georgia – an early effort considered to be a failure by many, but from which valuable lessons were learned.
“1963: Dreams and Nightmares”
Just as Martin Luther King, Jr., and his army of non-violent protesters were celebrating victory in Birmingham, the unthinkable happened: Members of the Ku Klux Klan bombed a Baptist Church in Birmingham, killing four little girls on their way to Sunday School. Few remember, but two boys who were black also were murdered that day.
Still reeling from that unforeseen consequence, a dazed Martin Luther King, Jr., learned that the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, had been assassinated. Rare footage shows Dr. King recounting his fondness for President Kennedy and their meetings at the White House.
“Fountain of Freedom”
Responding to violence inflicted against Andrew Young and other non-violent protesters, Martin Luther King, Jr., arrives in St. Augustine, Florida, announcing at a press conference to expect a “long, hot summer.” And heat up it does, as Dr. King attempts to enter a local restaurant and is arrested and jailed. Soon, the eyes of the world turn to the drama unfolding in this small town – and it’s surprise outcome will change the course of history, and push President Lyndon Johnson to demand passage of the Civil Rights Act.
After being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther King, Jr., calls for a Voting Rights Act to ensure that the new Civil Rights Act is enforced in the South, where concerted efforts are still being made to prevent black Americans from registering to vote. The murder of a local demonstrator named Jimmie Lee Jackson leads to the most epic event of the Civil Rights movement – “Bloody Sunday” – in which state troopers use horses, batons, and tear gas to mercilessly beat non-violent demonstrators attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge.
“Memphis: Facing the Cross”
After a decade of struggle and a series of victories, Martin Luther King, Jr., is weary, but will not rest. Instead, he launches a new, aggressive movement called “The Poor People’s Campaign,” calling for an enormous demonstration that will clog the streets of Washington, D.C., and shut down the nation’s capitol. But just as his top aides are preparing to carry out those plans, Dr. King is diverted by a call from Memphis, Tennessee, where striking sanitation workers desperately need help. With extremely rare archival film, Andrew Young recalls the assassination of his friend and mentor – and returns, for the first time since it happened, to the scene of one of the most notorious and tragic crimes in American history.
“After the Storm”
In the aftermath of his documentary “Crossing in St. Augustine,” Andrew Young revisits the small Florida tourist town to deliver a commencement speech, and finds a city still divided by its history of racism and bigotry, despite some signs of healing.
A look back that actually is a look forward. Included in this provocative documentary is rare footage from previous episodes that dramatically illustrates the story of Congressman John Lewis, the Civil Rights hero who more recently has engaged in a war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Rep. Lewis, who was savagely beaten and arrested many times during the movement, has been a colleague and close friend of Andrew Young, a lifelong negotiator whose approach has always been aimed at peace. And after speaking to a group of lawyers at the Martin Luther King Holiday in Nashville, Tennessee, Young received an unexpected phone call from President Trump while taping a television interview. In this documentary, we see and hear the call, and learn the inside story behind it.
“Think Young” also describes a lifelong philosophy of Ambassador Young that served as his first campaign slogan when running as Georgia’s first African American Congressman in the early 1970s and continues to serve him now – finding himself, as always, calmly seated at the eye of the storm.
“Change in the Wind”
For nearly a decade, the most famous author in the South corresponded secretly with the legendary president of Morehouse College. She was white; he was black. She had written a Pulitzer-prizewinning novel criticized for perpetuating racial stereotypes, and he was one of racisms most fierce enemies. Yet, even in the era of “Jim Crow” and harsh segregation laws, Margaret Mitchell and Benjamin E. Mays forged an unlikely alliance, and ultimately a friendship, that led her to become one of the most important financial supporters of the traditionally black school. “Change in the Wind” is an entertaining, inspirational story, full of surprises and newly discovered information about two of the most influential figures of the 20th Century.
Featured is the voice talent of screen legend Joanne Woodward, who “portrays” Margaret Mitchell, and David Oyelowo, who reads the words of Benjamin Mays. Other celebrities who contributed voice talent include Walton Goggins, Jasmine Guy, Jennifer Holliday, Ted Turner, Martin Luther King III, Kenny Rogers, and Cammie King (who played “Bonnie Blue” in “Gone With the Wind.) All have strong ties to Georgia and to the story behind “Change in the Wind.”