Little cutie, Marsai Martin, who plays Diane on ABC’s Black-ish, is slated to play Melodie Ellison, a nine-year-old girl growing up in Detroit, Michigan, during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Scheduled to premiere as a live-action special on Amazon Prime this fall, Melody, 1963: Love Has to Win, an American Girl Story, based on the original “American Girl” series by Denise Lewis Patrick, is an adaptation written by “Roots” revival writer Alison McDonald.
Here is a synopsis:
Melody centers around 10-year-old Melody (Martin), whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by reminding her that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.”