RISE UP ON HISTORY

HISTORY® ANNOUNCES “RISE UP: THE MOVEMENT THAT CHANGED AMERICA” 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY LEBRON JAMES AND 

EMMY-AWARD® WINNING FILMMAKER STANLEY NELSON 

EXPLORING THE CAMPAIGNS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT 

THAT CHANGED AMERICA FOREVER

 

(Black PR Wire) New York, NY –– When  Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in Memphis, TN on April 4, 1968, he  left a legacy of profound change, yet there was still much unfinished  work. HISTORY presents “Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America,” a one-hour documentary executive produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter for SpringHill Entertainment and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Riders),  exploring the key battles in the Civil Rights Movement that transformed  American society – from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the  Chicago Campaign which led to the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Premiering Wednesday, April 4 at 9PM on  the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, the special  will uncover what it took to translate protest into real legislative  change.“We started Springhill to tell the stories we wanted in our  community. It is an honor to partner with Stanley Nelson, who has been  such an important voice and artist, on this documentary,” said James.  “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.”

“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,  Executive Vice President of Programming, HISTORY. “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.”"I'm very excited to work on this film, as these visionary men and women  literally changed the course of history,” said Nelson. “This film  provides an intimate look at the strategy behind the boycotts,  campaigns, and marches that came to define the movement."

“Rise  Up: The Movement that Changed America” will track the details of the  dedication, sacrifice and commitment to change – even in the face of  withering violent resistance – told by the women and men who led the  way. Interviewees include Civil Rights movement activists, politicians  and historians, such as: President Bill Clinton; Jesse Jackson; Andrew Young; Sen. Cory Booker; Sen. Doug Jones; Harry Belafonte and Rashad Robinson, Color of Change Executive Director.

“Rise  Up: The Movement that Changed America” is produced for HISTORY by  Magilla Entertainment in association with SpringHill Entertainment and  Firelight Media. 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.

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