A movie on the life of Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer will soon make its way to the silver screen to tell the story of the often overlooked and unheralded “spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.” This biopic tells the dynamic story of a woman who against all odds overcame the poverty of the Jim Crow South in Mississippi, near fatal beatings by law enforcement, repeated threats on her life, and the trauma of forced sterilization to become a leader in politics, civil rights, women’s rights, and community organizing and activism.
The film is being produced by Larry Meli, CEO of Dream Management, Jon Levin of Beverly Hills-based ROAR (Formerly of CAA) and Author Jay Speights of Rosemary Isle, who have optioned the rights to Hamer’s story from her estate and the definitive biography on her by Chana K. Lee, For Freedom’s Sake.
“With voting rights under attack, Hamer’s story is both timely and crucial as we continue this national debate. As we commemorate what would have been her centennial year, it is only fitting that we reintroduce her amazing story into the American lexicon to serve as a call to action for a new generation of activists,” said team member Jay Speights.
Every year during March Madness, I think about an article I wrote as a 19-year-old sophomore at UCLA examining the role of race and politics in college sports.
Over the past couple of years, the article has been forefront in my mind as the debate over paying college athletes has grown. Additionally, there is the controversy provoked by professional athletes like Colin Kaepernick whose decision to observe “The Star-Spangled Banner” in protest of the highly-publicized spate of police killings of unarmed Black people; Quarterback Tom Brady’s boycott of former President Obama; and the current boycott of President Trump being organized by New England Patriot players Devin McCourty and Martellus Bennett.
Politics and sports have long held a close association, so much so that it is beyond laughable when commentators—professional or otherwise—suggest athletes ought to keep their opinions to themselves.
I have been thinking about Mary and Martha lately.
You know the story: Martha is the sister who “complained to Jesus” and Mary is the sister who choose the better part, as Jesus explains. I have always hated that pericope. I guess because in my mind, Martha was the responsible oldest sister. She was the one accountable for getting the house ready for Jesus.
Can you imagine the preparations?!
The cleaning, the cooking, the landscaping, the washing…all the things needed for a guest to feel comfortable in one’s home. As an oldest daughter, I totally identified with Martha and totally understood why she asked Jesus–in sheer frustration–to get Mary to help her with the work, instead of entertaining Jesus. And for the longest time, I felt that Jesus was wrong to chide Martha. Couldn’t He see how she was trying to show her love for Him? I thought, it’s easy for people to hang out all day but when dinnertime comes and there’s nothing to eat and you’re sleeping on dirty sheets, I bet you’d appreciate Martha then…
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September 2003, I was in the midst of 20-day backpacking trip traversing the John Muir Trail, which follows the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. In the months leading up to this trek I prepared physically and mentally. Although, I had some experience camping and completed many day hikes but never before had I been in a situation where all life sustaining material would be carried in a 40-pound backpack so far away from civilization.