The fourth and final program in the 2009 Peabody Awards Collection Black History Month screening series will be presented this Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. in Room 348 of the Miller Learning Center. In The Return of the King, an episode of the animated series Boondocks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wakes from a 32-year “coma” only to be branded a terrorist sympathizer when he speaks out against the current state of social affairs.
The program is free and open to the public. Dr. Freda Scott Giles, Associate Director in the Institute for African American Studies and Associate Professor of Theatre and Film, will lead a discussion following the program.
“Boondocks: Return of the King”
THE BOONDOCKS is a provocative family-based comedy brimming with social relevance and satire. When Robert “Granddad” Freeman becomes the legal guardian of his rambunctious grandkids, he moves the family from the south side of Chicago to the quiet and safety of “The Boondocks” – aka suburban Woodcrest – in hopes that he can ignore the kids altogether and enjoy the fourth quarter of his life in peace. But neither Huey, a ten-year-old leftist revolutionary nor his eight-year-old misfit brother, Riley are thrilled about the new environment. Although the boys torture each other and provoke the neighborhood, they are still no match for Granddad, who is eccentric even by “crazy-ass-old-black-man” standards.
In the episode “The return of the King,” When Martin Luther King comes out of a coma after 32 years and finds himself thrust into the 21st century and life in the post-September 11 era, his “turn the other cheek” philosophy quickly takes him from beloved national hero to despised terrorist sympathizer.