Films

Boycott

Film. By Clark Johnson. 2001. 120 min. Dramatic account of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity

boycott_filmBoycott is a made-for-TV movie that dramatizes the events of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, weaving vintage newsreel footage with scenes depicting the public and private dramas involved in the protests.

“In this retelling we go behind and beyond the public record. In Boycott we explore the personal emotions, the domestic struggles, and the unknown conflicts that precede and under gird courage. We explore the consequences of moral choices. And we are reminded that these and similar choices must still be confronted one by one, by individuals and by society, if we are all to live free at last. For refusing to allow history to slip into ‘the past,’ Boycott receives a Peabody Award.”

Boycott stars Jeffrey Wright as Martin Luther King, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, and Terrence Dashon Howard as Ralph Abernathy, CCH Pounder, Reg E. Cathey, and Shawn Michael Howard highlight the supporting cast.

Available on Netflix.

Film Trailer

Film Clip

Coretta Scott King recounts what she learned from Bayard Rustin while she was a student at Antioch College.