WATCH: ‘Rise Up’ Goes Behind the Scenes of Key Civil Rights Movement Campaigns

By Sameer Rao Mar 29, 2018

HISTORY highlights the enduring impact of several Civil Rights Movement actions in "Rise Up: The Movement That Changed America." The hour-long documentary special premieres April 4—50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. HISTORY announced the special and released a trailer yesterday (March 29),

Documentarian Stanley Nelson ("Tell Them We Are Rising") executive produced the special in partnership with LeBron James. "Rise Up" highlights some of the most strategically important campaigns from the era, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Chicago Freedom Movement. Interviewees like Harry Belafonte and Andrew Young provide additional information about how these actions built a foundation for modern civil rights legislation and activism. 

"I’m very excited to work on this film, as these visionary men and women literally changed the course of history,” Nelson said in the announcement. “This film provides an intimate look at the strategy behind the boycotts, campaigns and marches that came to define the movement."

Watch the trailer, then catch the premiere of "Rise Up" on April 4 at 10 p.m. EDT and PDT.