Morgan Freeman: Black History is American History. My Job is Filling in the Gaps
Early in my teenage years, when movies and books were pretty much my life, it began to occur to me that what was missing from these experiences was depictions of me as a person. When Sidney Poitier came along, I began to feel better about movies. However, there was nothing historical that challenged the status quo.
When I was called to talk about acting in the 1989 movie Glory, I almost blew my top. It showed the country in a state of Civil War, fighting against itself and ultimately needing every able-bodied man, hence forming companies like the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, one of the Union Army’s first Black regiments of the conflict.
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