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An American Girl Story: Melody 1963 - Love Has to Win (2016)

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Set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement, "An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win" examines the joyful life and troubled times of an irrepressible 10-year-old African-American girl whose vivid imagination and creativity reinforce her optimism. When shocking national events threaten her sense of security, Melody must find inner strength to restore her hope for a better world.

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Tina Mabry

Writer:

Alison McDonald
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marsai Martin ... Melody Ellison
Idara Victor ... Frances Ellison
Frances Fisher ... Miss Abbot
Frankie Faison ... Frank Ellison
Garrett McQuaid ... Donald
Dara Iruka Dara Iruka ... Lorraine
Lola Wayne Villa ... Trish
Matthew Foster ... Principal Davis
Briana Lane ... Sales Clerk aka Val
Chuck McCollum ... Store Manager
Rocky McMurray ... Mr. Schuler
Daija Bickham Daija Bickham ... Neighborhood Girl #1
Skyelar Wesley Skyelar Wesley ... Neighborhood Girl #2
Libby Ewing ... Mother in Store
Joelle Better ... Daughter in Store
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Set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement, "An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win" examines the joyful life and troubled times of an irrepressible 10-year-old African-American girl whose vivid imagination and creativity reinforce her optimism. When shocking national events threaten her sense of security, Melody must find inner strength to restore her hope for a better world.

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The first episode references the tragic church bombing that took the lives of four little girls in Birmingham, AL. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who grew up in Birmingham was 8 years old at the time and was a personal childhood friend of the victims. See more »


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Lift Every Voice and Sing
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Written by James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson
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This was my life
28 December 2019 | by broadwayjanetSee all my reviews

I grew up in the 60's, although younger than the age of Melody. I dressed like her even down to the eyeglasses. I grew up in Indianapolis. This was very realistic! The majority of my white teachers cared. I'm from a two parent home and had a mother who was so loving but she also stood up for us and taught me to stand up for myself. I never saw this or even knew about this show. I'm so pleased and impressed by this excellent production! I have spent much of my creative life telling people in community theater and the musical productions I've been involved in, the real black experience. Thank you for the excellent job done here!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Girl: Melody, 1963 - O Amor Tem que Vencer See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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