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LeBron James to produce civil rights documentary



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David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James isn’t just a basketball player.

Though he’ll be remembered for his work on the court when his playing days are over, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward is both entrenched in business while also voicing his opinion on public issues within society.

James is combining those two.

Come April 4, the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., James will pay tribute by executive producing a new civil rights documentary titled “Rise Up: The Movement that Changed America.” He’ll be teaming up with lauded documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson for the piece, which includes interviews with Jesse Jackson, President Clinton. Civil Rights activists, politicians and historians such as Andrew Young, Senator Doug Jones and Color of Change executive director Rashad Robinson will also have appearances.

James and Nelson’s hour-long film will dissect the prominent battles in the Civil Rights. It’s produced by Magilla Entertainment in conjunction with SpringHillEntertainment and Firelight Media.

“We started Springhill to tell the stories we wanted in our community,” James said, per “It is an honor to partner with Stanley Nelson, who has been such an important voice and artist, on this documentary. There are more and more great productions – both fiction and nonfiction – telling our story. I am really proud of the role Springhill is playing in this moment and appreciate History giving us this opportunity.”  


Alex joined FanRag Sports in October 2014 as a college football columnist and breaking news writer. A graduate from Eastern Illinois, he enjoys long walks to the fridge and alternate jerseys. He doesn't trust anyone that likes yellow Starburst and swears that he will be reincarnated as an NHL third-line winger.