In celebration of Juneteenth, Apple, the National Civil Rights Museum and 92nd Street Y today unveiled that they have teamed up to host a roundtable conversation around “The Banker,” and the film’s empowering themes of positive social change.
“The Banker” executive producer and star Anthony Mackie, star Nia Long and Dr. Noelle Trent, Director of Interpretation, Collections, and Education, National Civil Rights Museum will all take part in the virtual conversation, which will be available to stream for free beginning at 9 am PT / 12pm ET on Friday, June 19, at 92y.org and civilrightsmuseum.org.
Additionally, Starting today (June 18) through June 30, “The Banker” will also be available to stream for free, along with Apple Original docuseries “Dear…,” and a curated offering of inspiring films and TV shows on the Apple TV app.
About “The Banker”: Inspired by true events, Apple’s “The Banker” centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) – two unsung heroes who helped pave the way for fair housing and lending laws that are still being put to the test today in the United States. Using their skill, wit, and intellect, Garrett and Morris devised an audacious and risky plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garrett’s wife Eunice (Nia Long), they train a working-class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire – while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their bravery and determination led to the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which made it illegal to refuse to sell or rent property on the basis of race, religion or gender.
About “Dear….”: Apple’s groundbreaking series “Dear…” takes an inventive and cinematic approach to biographies of the most iconic figures in society today by using letters written by those whose lives have been changed through their work. The first season features moving episodes with Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Misty Copeland, Stevie Wonder and more.
About the National Civil Rights Museum: Noted as one of the nation’s premier heritage and cultural museums, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally. Established in 1991, the National Civil Rights Museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, dynamic speakers and special events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change.
About 92nd Street Y: 92nd Street Y is a world-class cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment, and conversation. For over 140 years, we have harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten, and change lives, and the power of community to repair the world. About the Apple TV app: Apple TV app is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung, and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.