Child holding photo of his cousin, victim Aaron Jackson, on steps of Lincoln Memorial in protest (5/25/81) by Courtesy of HBO/Getty

One of this year’s Best Documentaries that should be at the top of your watchlist.

The Five-part documentary series debuted on April 5th

The casket containing Michael Cameron McIntosh, 23, the 25th victim in Atlanta’s string of slayings of young black is carried by members of the Guardian Angels and relatives during funeral services in Atlanta, Monday, April 27, 1981. His mother, Mrs. Hazel Matthews, third from left, follows the casket. (AP Photo/Sebo)

I cannot say enough about this documentary. It will stay embedded in my psyche for a long time. For anyone with children or grandchildren, the enduring tragedy that lingers today with the families is utterly heartbreaking. But it is a story that needed to be told now more than ever. With so much content to choose from I know it’s difficult to decide what to watch but I hope many of you will take the time to watch “ATLANTA’S MURDERED and MISSING CHILDREN.”

Between 1979 to 1981, at least 30 African-American children and young adults disappeared or were murdered in Atlanta. Although 23-year-old Wayne Williams was prosecuted for two of the crimes, the rest of the cases were ultimately closed following his conviction in 1982.

Composite of 12 victims by Courtesy of HBO/Georgia State University

The series offers an unprecedented look at the abduction and murder of at least 30 African American children and young adults in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981. Forty years later, with the official re-opening of the case by Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the series tells the inside story of this shocking tragedy, shedding new light on the horrific killings through interviews with those closest to the children and the investigation, as well as exclusive archival material. The series tracks the story from the initial disappearance and discovery of two murdered teenage boys to the fear that progressively gripped the city, ultimately building to the indictment and prosecution of 23-year-old Wayne Williams, revealing the rush to officially shut down the case and the continuing deluge of questions that remain unanswered.

The series will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and partners’ streaming platforms.

ATLANTA’S MISSING AND MURDERED: THE LOST CHILDREN is executive produced and directed by the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning filmmakers Sam Pollard, Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre, and Joshua Bennett for Show of Force. The five-part series is executive produced by John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius for Get Lifted Co. in association with Roc Nation.



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