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Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words

Courtesy of Meghan A. T. B. Reese
Justice Clarence Thomas on set for "Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words."

Airs Monday, May 18, 2020 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV + PBS Video App

“Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words,” a new film tracing the life story of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, airs Monday, May 18, 2020.

The film, produced and directed by Michael Pack, is the product of over 30 hours of interviews with Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife, Virginia Thomas —unprecedented access from a Supreme Court justice.

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“His intellectual journey is just as remarkable,” said producer/director Michael Pack. “He was raised by his grandfather with strict discipline, taught by Catholic nuns in parochial schools, yet he rebelled and became a ’60s radical who supported the Black Panthers, only to rethink his way back to his traditional beginnings. He went to work for Ronald Reagan as a rare African American conservative, and now serves as one of the most influential justices on the Supreme Court. We offer viewers a chance to hear Thomas’ story directly from the man himself, a unique opportunity.”

Courtesy of Manifold Productions
Clarence Thomas (left) with Richard Chisolm in the chapel at St. John Vianney Minor Seminary. (undated photo)

“This film gives fascinating insight into one of the most important and yet enigmatic public figures in the country,” said Perry Simon, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming at PBS. “Michael Pack’s latest film continues PBS’s long tradition of airing point-of-view, biographical documentaries that empower audiences with new information and points of discussion that are both insightful and relevant.”

Courtesy of Manifold Productions
Clarence Thomas' yearbook photo, 1967.

The film has garnered positive responses from the press:

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The Washington Post said that the film “is a marvel of filmmaking that two hours pass so quickly. At the end of a screening I recently attended, there weren’t many dry eyes in the room.”

Time Magazine said it "offers viewers rare insight into the mind of a justice known for his reticence on the public stage.”

Courtesy of Justice Clarence Thomas
Clarence Thomas (right) and his new wife Virginia displaying their marriage license on their wedding day May 30, 1987.

Watch On Your Schedule:

The film will be available to stream for 14 days on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.

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