*For most of our lives, when we hear the name Rosa Parks, we immediately think of a tired seamstress whose refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger was the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. TV One’s new original film, “Behind The Movement,” shows the backstory of Parks, one that was far more involved in the Civil Rights struggle than that one moment.
In fact, one could say Parks was actually sick and tired of unfair treatment.
The film’s star-packed ensemble cast includes Meta Golding as Rosa Parks (“The Hunger Games”), Isaiah Washington as Edgar “E.D. Nixon,” Loretta Devine as Jo Ann Robinson (“Waiting to Exhale”), Roger Guenveur Smith as Raymond Parks (“American Gangster”) and Lashaun Clay as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,) EURweb was on the red carpet for the premiere panel discussion.
We spoke with Golding, Washington, Devine and Clay about the importance of Parks’ story in today’s America and what their favorite moments of black excellence are in honor of Black History Month.
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This original made for television movie honors the contributions of many unsung heroes of this watershed moment in the Civil Rights struggle, recounting the inner workings and behind the scenes preparation that took place during three intense days between the fateful evening when Parks refused to give up her seat, to the launch of this significant protest. While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, there was a chorus of lesser known heroes, including Rosa Parks, who galvanized the most successful boycott of its time.
“Behind The Movement” premieres Sunday February 11 at 7:00 PM Eastern on the TV One network.