From Soldier to Boss: Documentary about civil rights hero and Dr. King Aide, Tyrone Brooks, slated for release in fall 2022
A documentary about civil rights champion and politician Tyrone Brooks is set to be released in the fall of 2022, detailing the life and career of the longtime activist who worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and is responsible for the banishment of racist Georgia. Confederate flag.
Slated for October, “Tyrone: The Story of an American Statesman” will cover Brooks’ journey from the age of 15, when he entered a life of activism as a member of the Dr. King’s SCLC organization, to become a social justice icon and respected representative of the State of Georgia.
The film, presented by Shoot 2 Media Group, is produced by his son, Tyrone Brooks, Jr., who is also an influential figure in Georgia’s business and political scene. It features interviews with a host of prominent dignitaries, including the Reverend Jesse Jackson, former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and many more.
Noting the historical events his father experienced and witnessed – such as the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Dr. King, the battle to end segregation, and his efforts to appoint more black judges; Brooks Jr. said working on the film was an eye-opening experience, even for him.
“The trip was extremely enlightening. There are things you think you know about your parents and then you start hearing things from other people that give you a whole different level of respect for who they are,” Brooks Jr said.
“This man has dedicated his entire life to making sure others are treated fairly, and my mom was like Coretta Scott King, supporting him every step of the way. Working on the movie connected a lot of dots and even made me helped to learn more about myself and the work that remains to be done.
Brooks Sr., 76, and a native of Warrenton, GA has always been on the front lines of the fight for freedom and equality. Imprisoned more than 66 times during his militant work, he was an unflappable soldier amid the chaos and fearless when putting himself in harm’s way to protect others.
Facing death threats from the Ku Klux Klan and even the government, the brutality of the civil rights era was undeniable, but Brooks learned that level of self-assurance, commitment and leadership in the service of some of the best mentors one can have. He is excited to share his story with the masses.
“I wish people knew how the youth started rising up, taking control and starting movements without any media or technology to get the message out,” he said. “What we had was first class training in non-violent civil disobedience by attending the SCLC Freedom schools run by Dr King, Dr Abernathy, Rev Hosea Williams, Dr Dorothy Cotton, Rev Andrew Young, Ms. Septima Clark and others. ”
If there’s one lesson he’s learned that he wants others to heed, it’s this:
“The struggle for racial equality and equity is real, and it has been going on for centuries. If we continue to remain silent at the ballot box, it will continue for centuries to come. “