NBA superstar LeBron James and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson are producing an hour-long documentary for History set to examine the transformative battles of the Civil Rights Movement.
Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America will explore such key battles as the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955, which said segregated public transportation violated the constitution; and the Chicago Campaign, which led to the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and prohibited discrimination over the sale, rental or financing of housing. Other events include the Birmingham Campaign, which led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that then ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination; and the Selma Campaign, which led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which looked to end legal barriers preventing African Americans from exercising their right to vote.
Magilla Entertainment, in association with SpringHill Entertainment and Firelight Media, are producing the one-off for the A+E Networks-owned channel.
The documentary includes interviews with Civil Rights movement activists, politicians and historians, including former President Bill Clinton; Jesse Jackson; Andrew Young; Senators Cory Booker and Doug Jones; Harry Belafonte and Color of Change executive director Rashad Robinson.
LeBron James and Maverick Carter serve as executive producers for SpringHill Entertainment. Stanley Nelson is executive producer for Firelight Media. Matthew Ostrom, Laura Palumbo Johnson and Jason Fox are executive producers for Magilla Entertainment. Kristen Burns is executive producer for History.
“We are currently witnessing a young generation rising up to make their voices heard, similar to the journey courageous leaders of the Civil Rights movement took to create change in America,” said Eli Lehrer, EVP of programming at History, in a statement.
Leher added: “Through the powerful storytelling of LeBron and Stanley, this film will reflect on the past providing viewers with an intimate account of the campaigns that resulted in unprecedented legislation, and look toward the future as current activists and politicians continue the path toward change.”
Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America bows April 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death.