Columbus Short Set to Portray Martin Luther King, Jr. in Upcoming Biopic

by Taylor Handberry Staggers

January 21, 2021

Photos by Leon Bennett/Getty Images and Library of Congress

These days there is no shortage of biopics on both big and small screens alike, and we aren’t complaining! The newest on our radar is another historical film featuring the story of gospel legend Mahalia Jackson. Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story will star Ledisi as the leading lady, and Columbus Short will portray Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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Photos by Leon Bennett/Getty Images and Library of Congress

Short gave a statement on his new role with Deadline; 

“I have dreamed of playing this role for many years,” said Short. “It’s truly a great honor to portray a man that has made such an indelible impact on society and to all of ours lives. I am thankful to Ericka for the opportunity and proud to play alongside a wonderful cast.”

The project was written by Ericka Nicole Malone (2 Degrees) and is being directed by Denise Dowe. Actresses Janet Hubert and Wendy Raquel Robinson have also joined the cast.

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This news comes just a few days after the first look into another Mahalia Jackson biopic starring Danielle Brooks was released by Lifetime.

The gospel legend and civil rights activist were good friends, and history tells us that the infamous “I Have a Dream” speech was inspired by the “Move On Up a Little Higher” singer.

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