Directed by Philip Leacock • 1959 • United States
Starring Johnny Nash, Estelle Hemsley, Ruby Dee
One of the rare 1950s Hollywood films to feature an all-Black leading cast was also one of the first to address systemic racism. Adapted from the Broadway play by Louis S. Peterson, TAKE A GIANT STEP stars Johnny Nash (later a successful pop singer) as Spence Scott, a seventeen-year-old high-school senior wrestling with ingrained social prejudices as he rebels against the narrow-mindedness of his majority-white school and neighborhood. Featuring a standout supporting turn from Ruby Dee, this landmark coming-of-age drama gives sensitive expression to the struggles of young African American men in midcentury America.