MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A special screening of the upcoming WGN America series “Underground” was held at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on Wednesday night.
In “Underground,” bravery, ingenuity and power take center stage as slaves band together in the fight of their lives for their families, their future…and their freedom.
The cast answered questions after the screening and toured the museum. The show premieres next year on WGN America.
“Underground” is created and written by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, who serve as Executive Producers alongside Academy Award®-winning writer Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind,” “I Am Legend”) of Weed Road Pictures, andTory Tunnell (“King Arthur,” “Holy Rollers”) and Joby Harold (“King Arthur,” “Edge of Tomorrow”) of Safehouse Pictures. Anthony Hemingway (“The Wire,” “Treme”) directs and serves as Executive Producer for the first four episodes.
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I spent the last couple of days in Memphis with my friends from #undergroundwgn and I found myself overwhelmed with the history of this place. We managed to check out most of the major attractions, Graceland, Staxx Museum, BB Kings but the place that resonated the most was the National Civil Rights Museum, it's connected to the Lorraine Hotel, that's the hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. All of us were taken back to a time not so far off from now where the tension between white and black/brown was often deadly, people were fighting for their freedom and I found myself tearing up thinking that we're still fighting this fight today. Dr. King, all of the Freedom Fighters and so many more lost their lives fighting for what we still fight for today. It just doesn't make sense to me that we can't just figure it out and get along. As this and many other thoughts raced through my head I read a quote from Dr. King's father that really humanized everything to me. It was a father talking about losing a child, his son. Lets all try to do better, be better, love one another and practice peace. "We had waited, agonizing through the nights and days without sleep, startled by nearly any sound, unable to eat, simply staring at our meals." "Suddenly, in a few seconds of radio time it was over. My first son whose birth had brought me so much joy that I jumped up in a hall outside the room where he was born and touched the ceiling– the child, the scholar, the preacher, the boy singing and smiling, the son–ALL OF IT WAS GONE." -Martin Luther King Sr.