A new film on The Hallmark Channel is sure to have African-Americans tune in for more than just reruns of The Golden Girls (oh, don’t act like you don’t tune in almost every night).
Hallmark is set to present The Watsons Go To Birmingham on September 20th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of historic events during the Civil Rights movement. The movie, an adaptation of Christopher Paul Curtis’ book The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963, stars Anika Noni Rose, David Alan Grier, Wood Harris, Latanya Richardson Jackson and a host of others.
The film will follow the Watson family on a road trip from their home of Flint, Michigan to Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. Of course, the 1960s were a pivotal time in the fight for civil rights for African-Americans and the Watsons slowly begin to see how different things are in the south versus how they live “up north.”
The Watsons was written by Tonya Lewis Lee (yes, Spike’s wife) and directed by Kenny Leon.
According to EURweb, this film will be part of Hallmark Channel’s big push to increase viewership on Friday nights.
Check out the clip below and tell us what you think. Will you be watching?