November 20, 2009
The Emory Wheel
“Why should we care?” a mildly star-struck voice asked during the discussion portion of the promotion tour for “The People Speak,” an innovative U.S. history documentary scheduled to air Dec. 13 on the History Channel. The student, charmed by the presence of young actor Michael Ealy (“Seven Pounds”), had unwittingly illustrated how the tour does, in fact, make people care about the documentary, American history and our roles in the story.
The tour has succeeded in reaching a wide audience, said producer Anthony Arnove in an interview with the Wheel, because of the appeal of popular figures like Ealy. While students and other audience members may look into “The People Speak” because of its celebrities — or the free T-shirts they passed out — these are only vehicles for spreading the history behind the project.