James Earl Jones is THE MAN
Tonight, I will be watching the Democratic National Convention telecast. Wow. What amazing American history. My party is campaigning to re-elect President Obama and give him a second term in the White House. Wow! I've blogged before that I was a youngster with my parents watching Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic March on Washington when it was a live network news telecast. Black Americans were demanding the right to vote, the right to equality in the workplace and the right to an education. It was the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. And now a Black American president is up for re-election. It makes my soul shimmer with racial pride. Up to the early part of this 21st Century, if a black man was President of the United States in a movie or in a TV program, you could pretty much bet that the feature was a comedy. Think Chris Rock in Head of State or Terry Crews as President Camacho in the overlooked and wickedly funny Mike Judge satire of a futuristic America, Idiocracy. Soon after the March on Washington, there was one serious look at the possibility of a black man as President of the United States. The Man was a best-selling 1964 novel by Irving Wallace about the first non-white man in the White House. Originally given a budget to be adapted into a made-for-TV film, it was released theatrically instead. Broadway star-turned-Oscar nominated film actor James Earl Jones played President Douglass Dilman. The Man had a screenplay by the renowned creator/writer of TV's The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling.