For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, A Film by Frank Martin

In observance of  February’s Black History Month and in honor of African-Americans who serve our  country, “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black  Patriots” premiers on most Public Broadcasting System stations  nationwide throughout the month.  Presented by Maryland Public Television, this is a powerful documentary television series that salutes our African-American service men and women and reveres their dedicated allegiance to the United  States military. The four-hour high-definition  (HD) film will air in two parts on PBS stations across the country starting Monday, February 1 (check local listings). Made with the U.S. Army’s full  cooperation (, the film is sponsored by US Bank, Ford Motor  Company and State Farm.  The  documentary’s website is:   

The film begins at the dawn of U.S. history, chronicling  African-Americans who risked their lives to create and preserve freedom for  their country while attempting to acquire it for themselves. “For Love of Liberty” uses letters, diaries,  speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to  document the accomplishments of African-American men and women since the  earliest days of the republic.   Their gripping personal stories paint a deeply moving historical account  of service and sacrifice, from the Revolutionary War to today’s battle against  global terrorism.   

For Love of Liberty” introduces men and  women whose lives make up the fabric of this inspiring and often heart-breaking  story.  Their compelling first-hand  accounts are told through dramatic, off-camera readings by a Who’s Who of  major entertainers and public figures.   Those who lent their voices include: Morgan Freeman, Mel Gibson, Susan  Sarandon, Louis Gossett Jr., John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Danny Glover, Sam  Elliot and many others.   

“It is a wonderful story…of a group of  Americans who never lost their love of this country, never lost their faith in it or what the Founding Fathers had promised them. And that’s why this story is  simply called, For Love of Liberty,” says former U.S. Secretary of  State and Army General Colin Powell in the film’s introduction.   

“I am proud and pleased a film finally presents a comprehensive review that accurately details how blacks played a major role in America’s wars,” said Clarence  Sasser, a U.S. Army combat medic and Medal of Honor recipient who served in the  Vietnam War.  “From the beginning of American history, black soldiers and patriots understood that to be a part of America, they had to do the kind of things that others did; assimilating the U.S. culture, producing inventions  and fighting in wars. Pertaining to wars, ‘For Love of Liberty’ superbly authenticates that perception.”

Pictured: US actor Danny Glover arrives for the screening of the movie ‘The Time That Remains’ by Palestinian director Elia Suleiman presented in competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2009. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images).