I received the opportunity of prescreening this movie in exchange for this post. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.
Melody is a fantastic role model- encouraging everyone to follow their dreams despite adversity. The special, which is Executive Produced by Common (Selma), is based in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement, yet has a profound relevance today and can be a great tool for parents to start a dialogue with their children. Check out the trailer here.
This movie was perfect timing for my 10-year-old. She is currently learning about Melody in her American Girl Literature class at our local homeschool program. The class is getting ready to visit Motown Hitsville USA Museum in Detroit for an upcoming field trip. I am so glad American Girl chose to do a doll and movie revolving around the 60’s in Detroit. It’s fantastic! It teaches children to stand up for what is right. It’s a great way for your child to learn about the civil rights movement!
Melody 1963: Love Has to Win was released on Amazon Prime Video today!
About the special: Based in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement, Melody centers around a 10-year-old girl Melody (Martin) whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by reminding her that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.” Melody will also star Frances Fisher (Titanic) as school teacher Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison (The Wire) as Melody’s grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor (Rizzoli & Isles) as Melody’s mother Frances Ellison.