Historical yet relevant today. The events associated with James Island High School, James Island, Charleston, South Carolina and the South during the late 60s and early to mid-70s. On the power of pulling together as a team, on racial integration challenges and solutions. To learn so that history doesn't repeat itself.
It's Friday night football in a fairly small town with a happy ending. It's the dream of every high school football athlete - to compete for and win a state championship. It was especially sweet for this team of half black and half white athletes of average talent bonded together by the struggle they experienced dealing with the challenges of integration.
The Power of Team can overcome any challenge, particularly if the challenge is an adversity that rises to the level of a cause. And in this case racial bias, perhaps THE major cause of our generation! This team learned to dream its own dream and would not accept what was being forced on them by society.
We are all called to serve and to lead; what an awesome opportunity to recall what we learned during those times and to contribute those learnings to the on-going equality and unity dialogue of today. Any financial success will be shared with targeted youth-based athletic organizations as The Mighty Rams team credits participation in organized sports early in life as a key to their success on and off the field.
The actions of that team contributed to a very long pause in racial rioting in the State of SC and forever changed the lives of the team members, coaches, cheerleaders, administration, other classmates and the community; becoming an important historical step in the greater Charleston community's journey to ultimately and finally close racial gaps. This film is produced in hopes that it may play a role in the healing of the Charleston community following the racially inspired tragedy that occurred June 17th, 2015 at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC.
On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, MN. In reaction to that unmerciful killing, and as a reminder of the fragility of peace, on May 30th, 2020, protesters took to the streets of Charleston and once again, peaceful protests turned to violence. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and protests turned back to peaceful within 24 hours. This film is produced in hopes that the lessons learned from The Mighty Rams can be used to heal our city and to bring back lasting peace.