Will Smith and Larry Wilmore are traveling back in time for their next project, an upcoming docuseries at Netflix titled Amend: The Fight for America. The six-part series looks back on one of our nation’s most significant moments in history, the passing of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in 1868, which promised liberty and equal protection for all.
With the help of Mahershala Ali, Diane Lane, Samuel L. Jackson, Pedro Pascal, Yara Shahidi, and more, Smith and Wilmore will look back on the creation and legacy of the Fourteenth Amendment. “Amend deploys a groundbreaking narrative format featuring a number of luminaries … breathing life into speeches and writings by the Fourteenth Amendment’s most ardent advocates and foes (including Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Andrew Johnson) with insights from an inclusive array of contemporary thought leaders and experts,” Netflix shares in the official series description.
Over the course of six 60-minute episodes, Amend will explore multiple topics to help viewers better understand the significance of the Fourteenth Amendment, including what it means to be an American, the concept of citizenship, and the fight for equality.
“I am honored to present Amend: The Fight for America,” Smith said in a statement. “We are living in unprecedented days as a society, as a country, and as a human family. I believe that the cultivation of personal and historical understanding is the imperative spark igniting the flames of desperately needed compassion and healing. As Americans, we endeavor to form a more perfect union that truly establishes justice and equality for all. I believe a deeper understanding of the 14th Amendment is a critical jumping off point.
“Our hope with this series is to illuminate the beauty that is the promise of America and to share a message of connection and shared humanity so that we will be able to better understand and celebrate our different experiences as Americans and promote progress toward the true equality promised to all persons under the 14th amendment,” he continued. “I’m grateful to Netflix and the phenomenal group of people who came together both in front of and behind the camera to help us tell this story.”
Wilmore added, “I hope families can watch Amend together and have the series be a compelling conversation starter. Everything we’ve seen happen in America in the last few years is about what Black people and other marginalized groups have always wanted: to make sure that we are really part of America and have everything that’s been promised to us by the Constitution. I think it’d be really fantastic if Amend helped people to better understand how special the bond can be between each of us and our country.”
Amend: The Fight for America premieres on Netflix Wednesday, Feb. 17. Watch the full trailer in the video above.
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