New York Times opinion columnist Charles M. Blow called for a “reverse Great Migration” of African Americans from the North back to the South in his book, The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto.
HBO debuted the official trailer for South to Black Power, the documentary not only illustrates Blow’s ideas but journeys through Blow’s personal story, from his childhood in Louisiana to his role as father to showing us the hard-won truths behind his vision for the future.
Directed by Peabody and Emmy®-winning filmmaker Sam Pollard (HBO’s “Hostages,” “Black Art: In the Absence of Light”) and Peabody winner Llewellyn M. Smith (“Poisoned Water”), South to Black Power premiered at Doc NYC film festival and debuts Tuesday, November 28 (10:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on Max.
On the eve of last year’s midterm elections, Charles M. Blow, New York Times columnist and best-selling author of “The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto,” sets off across the country on a personal journey to test his theory on Black Liberation, which involves a daring strategy for Black Americans to move to the southern states to control southern legislatures and gain greater political power. Conversing with politicians, historians, community activists, colleagues, friends, and family members, Blow challenges Black Americans to disrupt the status quo by affecting change at the polls through reverse migration and gain control over states that already have the highest percentages of Black residents.
South to Black Power also takes us on a journey through Blow’s personal story, from his childhood in Louisiana to his relentless commitment to racial justice, revealing the hard-won truths that illuminate his vision for the future. As the returns from the midterm elections roll in, Blow watches, acknowledging the gains, but also reflects on the possibility that a historic political transformation in the South might not come in his lifetime.
Watch the official trailer for South to Black Power.