Black History Film

Lamond-Riggs Library

Black History Film

AtonementThis film is based on the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, D. C., in which 1 million African American men marched peacefully in a bid for greater unity and understanding.

The story follows men on a charter bus from Los Angeles to D.C. Their issues, personalities and concerns begin to erupt on the long trip.  

George (Charles S. Dutton) is the organizer of the trip and de facto leader of the group.  Evan Thomas (Thomas Jeferson Byrd) is a truck driver who travels to the march with his son (De'Aundre Bonds) chained to his belt by court order after the boy was arrested for petty theft. Kyle (Isaiah Washington) and Randall (Harry Lennix) are gay lovers who are verbally abused by their fellow passengers.  Gary (Roger Guenveur Smith) is the product of a  mixed-race marriage who could pass for white but sees himself as black; he's also a cop.

MillionManSpeechesFlip (Andre Braugher) is an actor who seems more concerned with getting his next film role than the larger issues of the march. Jamal (Gabriel Casseus) is a good-natured young Muslim trying to lead a righteous life to make amends for his violent past as a gang member.

A film student (Hill Harper) is capturing the trip on videotape, and Jeremiah (Ossie Davis) sits in the back, reflecting on the struggles of African Americans in the past and present.

For additional information see Atonement: The Million Man March by Kim Martin Sadler or Million Man March/Day of Absence: A Commemorative Anthology edited by Haki R. Madhubuti and Maulana Karenga. Adults, join us on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.