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History Channel, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Team on 'Fight the Power: The Movements That Changed America' Documentary

Kareen Abdul-Jabbar
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History has teamed with NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to create a new documentary that looks at important social and political movements in America.

The documentary, Fight The Power: The Movements That Changed America. Debuts June 19 and will focus on the impact key movements -- from the 1880’s Labor Movement to women’s suffrage and civil rights -- have had in shaping our society, according to History. Abdul-Jabbar will serve as narrator and executive producer of the one-hour documentary. 

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"One of this country’s greatest strengths is its willingness to listen to the voices of its people—whether at the ballot box or in the streets—and make changes to bring about a more equitable society," said Abdul-Jabbar in a statement.

Fight the Power: The Movements That Changed America is also executive produced by Deborah Morales Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat, Jessica Conway, Kai Bowe, Stephen Mintz, Eli Lehrer and Jennifer Wagman.

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.