BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP
I had the opportunity to dial into a teleconference with the cast of TV One’s latest movie Behind the Movement. Behind the Movement will premiere during Black History Month on February, 11 at 7 pm.
Behind the Movement is the story of how Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This movie honors the contributions of those untold heroes of the civil rights movement. It will tell the behind the scenes preparation that took place during the three days between the eventful evening when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Behind the Movement was written by Katrina O’Glivie and directed by Aric Avelino.
Rosa Parks – Meta Golding (The Hunger Games)
Edgar “E.D.” Nixon – Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy, The 100)
Jo Ann Robinson – Loretta Devine (Waiting to Exhale)
Raymond Parks – Roger Guenveur Smith (American Gangster)
There is a lot of audio and video available of Rosa Parks, she says but she read everything that she could get her hands on.
“Rosa Parks was a very prolific writer, so I read everything she wrote. Some of her family members wrote about Rosa, about what she was like from a family perspective.”
Meta tried her best to stay true to Rosa Parks, to embody her and not imitate her.
“Even though she’s an icon, I didn’t really know very much about her personally, I didn’t know her voice.”
“I think that sexism did not discriminate and was very much a part of the civil rights movement, and so we didn’t get to hear or see the in-depth stories of the women who fought alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.”
E.D. Nixon was a Pullman Porter and Civil Rights leader who worked with Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. to initiate the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He was key in bailing Rosa Parks out of jail and positioning her case to spark the boycott.
Like Isaiah Washington, I didn’t know who E.D. Nixon was and what he did until this movie came about.
“I thought I was pretty up on my American History and my African-American and Woman Studies.”
Joann Robinson was one of the unrecognized women of the movement. After a verbally abusive encounter on a segregated city bus, she was instrumental during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Joann became an advocate for equal rights for African-Americans.
“This was very special to me. I was very excited to do this because I don’t get to do this very often. I do a lot of comedy, and creating characters. So, this had to be basically from her perspective.”
“When you are a voice for something, if you believe in something and decide to support something, you have to support that belief and that voice of action, with preparation, with giving your energy to making something work. And so, I think that is why this is really important for people to see now.”
Behind the Movement taught me so much personally, I learned more than I ever learned in school while watching.
Make sure you tune in on February 11 at 7 pm on TV ONE for this phenomenal film that tells a part of history that a lot of people don’t know anything about.