Black Film Classics | The Man

12 02 2008

In 1972, James Earl Jones became Hollywood’s first Black President of the United States in “The Man.”

When the President and Speaker of the House are killed in a building collapse, and the Vice-President declines the office due to age and ill-health, Senate President pro tempore Douglas Dilman (James Earl Jones) suddenly becomes the first black man to occupy the Oval Office. The events from that day to the next election when he must decide if he will actually run challenge his skills as a politician and leader.

Recently, we’ve had actors such as Dennis Haysbert, Morgan Freeman and even Tiny Lister play the nation’s chief executive, but it was Jones and this film that made cinematic history showing audiences the possibilities of a Black man in that position.





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