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UCLA, EPIX To Honor The Legacy of Kenny Washington, Woody Strode On September 6 and 9 in Los Angeles

Family members of former Bruins football stars and Civil Rights pioneers to be honorary captains at UCLA-Memphis Game on September 6 at The Rose Bowl, and will be special guests at premiere of “Forgotten Four” on September 9 at Royce Auditorium

 
PRLog - Sep. 3, 2014 - NEW YORK -- EPIX and UCLA will honor the legacy of two African American pioneers, former Bruins stars Kenny Washington and Woody Strode, with a pair of marquee public events on September 6 and September 9 in Los Angeles it was officially announced today. On September 6, the families of the two deceased former UCLA and NFL stars  (Kalai Strode, son of Woody Strode, and Karin Washington Cohen, daughter of Kenny Washington) will take part in the pre-game coin toss and serve as two of the honorary captains as UCLA opens their 2014 home schedule against the University of Memphis at the Rose Bowl at 7:00 PM PDT. The game will be televised nationally on the Pac 12 Network. They will be honored along with the late Sam Storey, who played for the Bruins in 1933 and 34.

Then on September 9, UCLA will host the premiere of  “Forgotten Four,” the new documentary telling the story of Washington, Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis, the four men who broke the color barrier in professional football the year before Jackie Robinson broke it in baseball. The screening of the film and the discussion following, which will include Olympic gold medalist and UCLA alumnus Rafer Johnson, former NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb, UCLA civil rights scholar Paul Von Blum, “Forgotten Four” producer Ross Greenburg and Los Angeles Times reporter Kurt Streeter, are free and open to the public. The film will debut on EPIX on September 26 nationwide.

The members of the Strode and Washington families will be available to the media at the Rose Bowl on September 6 and prior to the screening on September 9. The full  documentary is also available to media for review.

The 60-minute documentary, narrated by Jeffrey Wright and produced by Ross Greenburg, tells the little-known story of 4 outstanding and brave African American men – Washington, Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis – who broke the color barrier in pro football in 1946, one year before Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey were credited with integrating Major League Baseball. Washington and Strode played for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL, while Willis and Motley joined the Cleveland Browns of the AAFL, which eventually merged into the NFL.

The hardships and triumphs of the Forgotten Four are told through the recollections of their families and those who have researched these pioneers. Those interviewed for this Epix Original Documentary include Forgotten Four family members Tony Motley (Marion Motley’s grandson), Mike Brown (Paul Brown’s son), Clem and William Willis, Jr. (Bill Willis’ sons), Karin L. Cohen (Kenny Washington’s daughter) Kalai Strode (Woody Strode’s son) and Hall of Fame coach Don Shula (who played with the Browns).

The UCLA events are part of a nationwide screening series EPIX is doing in advance of the film debut. The NFL is working with EPIX to host screenings in 19 of their markets as well to help raise awareness for the project.

About EPIX

EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices.   Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.”  It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and was the first premium network to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android tablets and phones, Windows 8.1 and Roku® players.  EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads® and iPhones® and is the only premium service providing all its programming  on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide.  For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+EPIX). and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX).

Contacts: Joe Favorito/917-566-8345 (For EPIX/Forgotten Four) fatherknickerbocker1@yahoo.com

Josh Rupprecht/ 310 206-8194 (For UCLA)  jrupprecht@athletics.ucla.edu

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