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Legends of Black History: Morgan Freeman as Joe Clark [Art 101]

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the legends of Black history. Here we honor Morgan Freeman’s portrayal of tough-talking principal Joe Clark in ‘Lean On Me’!

Based on real life Eastside principal, Joe Louis Clark, 1989’s ‘Lean On Me’ brought his trials and triumphs to the big screen. Featured on the cover of Time Magazine in ’87, this hit biographical motion picture brought his story to an audience the news media may have missed.

Helmed by ‘Rocky’, ‘The Karate Kid’, and ‘8 Seconds’ director, John G. Avildsen, Freeman’s Clark was angry, offended, determined, and so believable it won him the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture.

Several predominately Black communities across the country related to the issues Clark faced then, and many still do to this day. They watch this film wishing they had someone like him to make changes for the better. From the moment Clark held aloft his baseball bat and loudly proclaimed “They used to call me Crazy Joe! Now they can call me Batman!”, cheerful audience knew they’d never forget him.

As high school principal, Clark, wielding a baseball bat for protection and symbolism, battled students, their parents, the teachers, gangs and drug dealers, the school board, and the community to turn around Eastside High School before it was too late.

Speaking through his signature megaphone, Clark demanded students to have pride, and express it by learning their “Fair Eastside” school song. This proved to have harmonious results in the end. |

[Art (noun): 1. the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. 2. the various branches of creative activity.]

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