TV Picks: In The Heat of the Night on USA, Characters Unite and Black History Month
Tune-in this Saturday, February 15 at 9/8c to USA Network’s premiere of “In the Heat of the Night” to commemorate Characters Unite Month and Black History Month.
The film, which was groundbreaking in its powerful portrayal of racism in America and played a role in advancing the civil rights movement, won five Oscars including Best Picture. Film, television and music icon Quincy Jones, who composed the music for the film, will give a special introduction.
Based on the novel of the same name, “In the Heat of the Night” was released in 1967, at a time in our nation’s history when the civil rights movement was just beginning to take hold. By telling the story of a white man (Rod Steiger) and a black man (Sidney Poitier) working together to solve a murder investigation in a racially hostile southern town, the film shined a light on widespread racism and the danger of stereotypes. The film featured a soundtrack composed by Quincy Jones.
“In the Heat of the Night” is the fifth film in the successful Characters Unite Film Series, which launched in April 2012 with “To Kill a Mockingbird,” featuring an introduction by President Barack Obama. Additional films in the series have included “The Color Purple,” with an introduction by the film’s Oscar-winning star Whoopi Goldberg, “Milk,” with an introduction by Emmy® Award-winner and activist Neil Patrick Harris and “Schindler’s List,” featuring an introduction by the film’s director Steven Spielberg, which garnered 3.2 million viewers and more than one million in the key demos in February 2013.
Visit www.charactersunite.com for more information and to find out what you can do to make a difference.