Spike Lee working on project surrounding Missouri student protest group
Missouri begins spring practice on Tuesday, but as has been the case, football isn’t the only thing surrounding the team these days.
Missouri’s athletic department revealed on Sunday through Twitter that director Spike Lee was in Columbia over the weekend to attend a showing of “Concerned Student 1950,” a student-produced documentary.
On Monday, Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Lee is working on an ESPN Films digital short titled “2 Fists Up” that debuts digitally on May 31.
An ESPN spokesperson summarized the project by saying it’s “an examination of how the Black Lives Matter movement sparked activism at the University of Missouri, its football team, and across the rest of The United States.”
Concerned Student 1950 is the student protest group that the football team aligned itself with to help spark the ouster of then-president Tim Wolfe. There are divided opinions on the stance of the group, which continues to make demands against what it views as ongoing institutional racism.
There’s no doubt new head coach Barry Odom will be asked about the project as the team begins spring practices.