Hosted by Smith, the docuseries clocks in at a total of six hours and aims to look into the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as ”America’s most enduring hallmark of democracy.” The Fight for America promises an innovative narrative presentation and, in addition to the wide range of leaders and experts sharing their insights, the likes of Mahershala Ali, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Pedro Pascal and Yara Shahidi will be reading the works of the minds who were heavily involved (both positively and negatively) with the Fourteenth Amendment.
The upcoming series was created by Robe Imbriano and Tom Yellin. Smith will also be serving as executive producer alongside Larry Wilmore.
“We are living in unprecedented days as a society, as a country, and as a human family,” Smith said in a statement. “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.”
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.”
Watch the full trailer above. Amend: The Fight for America premieres February 17 on Netflix.
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