Before Richard Pryor’s skit in 1977, veteran actor James Earl Jones played the 1st Black President of the U.S. in the 1972 film “The Man”
The “made for TV” movie that ended up in theatres centered around the aftermath of the death of the sitting president and terminal illness of the VP. Doug Dillman who is the Senate President quickly rises to the commander in chief seat since his position is after the Vice presidents.
All throughout the movie Dillman is faced with challenges as he tries to please his people and the country while being sabotaged from the inside. (Sounds familiar?)
Here’s the link to the movie…….
“Challenge yourself! It’s the only path which leads to growth!”- Morgan Freeman
Nelson Mandela, the lawyer born in British South Africa got into politics when the national party instituted apartheid which granted special privaledges to it’s white citizens over the indigenous Blacks.
After years of strife with the racist government Mandela and some of his African National Congress (ANC) members were charged with sabotage and sentenced to life in prison.
After serving 27 years in prison the then President released Mandela in 1990 for fear of a racial Civil War and together Mandela led his ANC to victory in capturing the presidency in 1994 ultimately ending British rule in South Africa.
On this day Febuary 19th 1992 John Singleton became the 1st African American director to be nominated for an academy award