Wesley Lowery’s book on the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement is going to the small screen, Deadline reports†
The CBS News journalist “They Can’t Kill Us All”: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement is being made into a television series by AMC with actor Don Cheadle as executive producer.
Lowery’s 2016 book grew out of his reporting on the murder of a young black man, Michael Brown Jr., by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the unrest that followed. Lowery and his colleagues won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their work on stories of police brutality.
In a starred review, a critic of Kirkus cited the book, which won the first-ever Christopher Isherwood Prize for autobiographical prose from the Los Angeles Timesa ‘compelling story’ and ‘a current, important book’.
In a 2016 interview with Trevor Noah on The daily showtold Lowery about the origin of his book.
“I think one of the things I’ve tried to do in this book was tell the stories of the activists I met as I went from town to town, because I believe if you could understand a of these activists, as human beings, not as caricatures… then maybe you understand the thousand people, and the hundred thousand people, who are part of this kind of movement,” he said.
The series is executive produced by Cheadle (Boogie Nights, Hotel Rwanda), Brad Weston (Queen and Slim) and Lowery.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.