NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has teamed with History to release a one-hour documentary exploring the unsung roles of African-Americans in The American Revolutionary War.
Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution will acknowledge the indispensable actions of Black heroes who fought for American independence against British rule. It will also examine the Black loyalists who defended the royal British crown for the promise of freedom.
The documentary will highlight important figures such as Crispus Attucks, the first American soldier to die in the Revolutionary War, and James Armistead, a slave who worked as a double-agent of intelligence for the Continental Army.
“We are honored to partner with Kareem on this project he is deeply passionate about, and to honor the legacy and commemorate the sacrifices these individuals made in fighting for both their country and their freedom,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and General Manager for History. “Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution will educate our viewers about a group of people whose stories are seldom told and whose unrelenting bravery is rarely recognized.”
Black Patriots will be anchored by sit down interviews with Abdul-Jabbar, noted historians and experts, bolstered with archived imagery and primary materials of the era.
The project will also follow Abdul-Jabbar’s personal connection and exploration of the doc’s revolutionary figures and its impact on changing the perception of his own heritage.
Abdul-Jabbar recently sat with the hosts of “CBS in the Morning” to promote Black Patriots.
“I think the history that we’re taught, it’s taught to us in a way that kind of minimizes or marginalizes the contributions of people who were not of European descent, and I think that’s the problem,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “They are only focusing on segment of society and what they contributed.”
When asked about the importance of the documentary, Abdul-Jabbar said it’s vitally important in America because Black children are raised without understanding this is their country.
Black Patriots aims to challenge the miseducation of one of the biggest events in American history and uncover the truth of the country’s true hidden figures.
Black Patriots is executive produced by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar alongside Deborah Morales, Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat, Jessica Conway, Stephen Mintz and Jennifer Wagman. It is produced for History by the Six West MediaTM group.
The timely documentary premieres during Black History Month on February 19, at 10ET/9CT.