2 Fists Up: We Gon Be Alright

NAME OF FILM: 2 FISTS UP: WE GON BE ALRIGHT

DIRECTOR(S): Spike Lee

GENRE: Documentary Film

SYNOPSIS: 2 Fists Up is about the Concerned Student 1950 movement at the University of Missouri, whose efforts led to the resignation of former UM System President Tim Wolfe over racial issues on campus. Capturing a semester of unrest at Mizzou, 2 Fists Up touches on the essential participation of the football team in supporting the student movement. Former Tigers coach Gary Pinkel tweeted a photo of the entire team locking arms in solidarity with hunger striking activist Jonathan Butler, who was calling for Wolfe’s resignation. Pinkel said, “I support my players, and a young man’s life was on the line. I’m talking guys had tears in their eyes, crying, and asked if I could support them and I said I would … I didn’t look at consequences. That wasn’t about it at the time. It was about helping my players and supporting my players when they needed me.” Butler is more succinct in his assessment, saying, “I guarantee I wouldn’t be alive if the football players didn’t step in.”