The History Channel will premiere its new one-hour documentary, Fight the Power: The Movements That Changed America, on Saturday, June 19, a date also known as Juneteenth, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S.
Famed basketball star and social justice advocate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment’s Deborah Morales executive produce and narrate the documentary, which covers the women’s rights, civil rights and gay rights and runs right up to last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests.
“One of this country’s greatest strengths is its willingness to listen to the voices of its people—whether at the ballot box or in the streets—and make changes to bring about a more equitable society,” said Abdul-Jabbar in a statement.
Anchored by sit-down interviews and narratives from Abdul-Jabbar’s personal experiences, coupled with anecdotes from historians and authors, and supported with archival imagery and current footage, Fight the Power: The Movements That Changed America explores the people, protests and movements that shape our society, laws and culture.
The documentary is produced for History by the Six West Media group. Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat, Jessica Conway, Kai Bowe and Stephen Mintz are executive producers for the Six West Media group. Eli Lehrer and Jennifer Wagman are executive producers for History. Fight the Power: The Movements That Changed America is the second collaboration between the network and Abdul-Jabbar, who received an Emmy nomination in 2020 for outstanding narrator in Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution.