Carry Me Home
Spencer has captured the exclusive rights to make an episodic television/SVOD series of Diane McWhorter’s PULITZER PRIZE-winning work of history, investigative journalism and personal memoir.
From the country club to the black church to the Ku Klux Klan klavern, Carry Me Home chronicles the people and events that conspired in the turning-point YEAR OF BIRMINGHAM, 1963: the sensational face-off between Martin Luther King Jr.’s child demonstrators and Commissioner Bull Connor’s police dogs followed by the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a white supremacist terrorist act that killed four black Sunday school girls. “These children—unoffending, innocent, and beautiful—were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity,” Dr. King said in his eulogy.
Meteor 17 is partnered with *ROOTS producer Mark Wolper (www.wolperorg.com). They plan to produce an ongoing series, in the spirit of ROOTS, that can run multiple seasons, with continuing characters: an African-American community in conflict with itself and white players who illustrate the strained, veiled collusion between the wealthy upper class into which the author was born and its designated subordinates—politicians, the police, and the Klan.
CARRY ME HOME is a tome about the Birmingham Church Bombing, the book (and our series) goes back - deep into the “old” world of Jim Crow and enforced segregation, to trace the way racial stratification wormed its way into the fabric of this Southern industrial town - from the Country Club to the Police to the KKK. More similar to THE BUTLER, THE HELP or HIDDEN FIGURES than SELMA, we see this as an ongoing drama series about the social fabric of a town - what MAD MEN was to gender, CARRY ME HOME is to race relations.
The book’s author, Diane McWhorter, is a white woman who's father was in clandestine racist organizations. Much of the book serves as a vessel for her to grapple with her family’s culpability in the racial injustice of the times. Intercutting between the heart of the Civil Rights era and, intriguingly, the Jim Crow South that led to these upheavals, our series will draw lines between these eras and between the various factions of Birmingham, Alabama - An African American Reverend, the African-American staff at a country club. The white members of that country club. The wealthy white industrialists. The law. The Press. And the “footsoldiers” for racial separation - the KKK and other such groups. Outsiders and agitators from liberal college kids to the FBI. All of these factions - and the rich characters that represent each faction - will drive the ongoing drama of CARRY ME HOME.
* ROOTS: Rotten Tomatoes (98%): https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/roots/s01/
Carry Me Home’s first Epilogue:
Like the tragedy in Dallas that same fall, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing had ceased to feel like a murder case and had become a piece of the culture, abstract yet powerful and permanent, as haunting as the work John Coltrane recorded two months after the crime. “Alabama” is “a frightening emotional portrait of some place, in these musicians’ feelings,” wrote the playwright LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka). “If that ‘real’ Alabama was the catalyst, more power to it, and may it be this beautiful, even in its destruction.”
NYT Book Review: http://www.nytimes.com/books/01/03/18/reviews/010318.18shiplet.html
Time Magazine: Top 100 of the Century: