Call Number: PN1997.2.B696 2001 DVD
Publication Date: 2001
When Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was but a modest young Baptist minister suddenly thrust into the leadership of local bus boycott. What started as a one-day protest of unfair bus laws turned into the 381-day boycott that gave birth to the civil rights movement. This riveting made-for-cable drama meticulously recounts the challenges the protest faced. Jeffrey Wright is excellent as King, capturing his charisma and rousing speeches while grounding his heroism in human vulnerability and fear, but Boycott reminds us that he was only one of the thousands of ordinary people roused into extraordinary action in the name of equality and social justice. That portrait of everyday heroes changing the course of history remains the film's most rousing message. Originally broadcast on HBO in 2001.
Director: Clark Johnson
Writers: Stewart Burns, Herman Daniel Farrell, and Timothy J. Sexton
Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, CCH Pounder, Carmen Ejogo