April 4 will be the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, and History is marking it with a new documentary on the civil rights struggle. Executive produced by NBA star LeBron James and Freedom Riders filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America includes interviews with President Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Sen. Cory Booker and others. Watch a promo above.
Produced by Magilla Entertainment in association with SpringHillEntertainment and Firelight Media, the hourlong special will look at the key battles in the Civil Rights movement that transformed American society and what it took to translate protest into real legislative change.
“Segregation was just a consistent act of humiliation,” Harry Belafonte says in Rise Up, which tracks the movement’s dedication, sacrifice and commitment to change – even in the face of withering violent resistance – told by the women and men who led the way. Other interviewees include such Civil Rights activists, politicians and historians as Andrew Young, Sen. Doug Jones and Color of Change executive director Rashad Robinson.
“We started Springhill to tell the stories we wanted in our community,” James said. “It is an honor to partner with Stanley Nelson, who has been such an important voice and artist, on this documentary. There are more and more great productions – both fiction and nonfiction – telling our story. I am really proud of the role Springhill is playing in this moment and appreciate History giving us this opportunity.”