29 Days Of Black History – Day 11: Boycott

Release Date:  2/20/01; TV Movie (HBO)
Genre:  Drama/Based on Actual Events
Rating:  PG
Director:  Clark Johnson
Studio(s):   HBO Films, Norman Twain Productions, Shelby Stone Productions
Running Time:   113 mins.

Cast:  Jeffrey Wright (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Terrence Howard (Ralph Abernathy), CCH Pounder (Jo Ann Robinson), Carmen Ejogo (Coretta Scott King), Reg E. Cathey (E.D. Nixon), Brent Jennings (Rufus Lewis), Iris Little Thomas (Rosa Parks), Shawn Michael Howard (Fred Gray), Erik Dellums (Bayard Rustin), Mike Hodge (Daddy King), Whitman Mayo (Reverend Banyon), Walter Franks (Reverend Fields).

Story:   Boycott is a behind-the-scenes look at the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. When Rosa Parks, a black, upstanding citizen of the community, defiantly refuses to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, she sets in motion a tumultuous string of events.  Her arrest is the catalyst for a one-day bus boycott to protest segregation. A young preacher, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is selected as head of the newly formed Montgomery Improvement Association, the organization that will lead the boycott.

Using archival footage to establish the strained atmosphere of the era, the film is a dramatization of the one-day event which turned into a standoff that lasted well over a year and gave rise to some of the greatest leaders of the nonviolent civil rights movement.  Source(s):  commonsensemedia.org; Google; readthespirit.com; Shadow & Act; Cos’ Blog.

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