Senator Harris Wofford: Portrait of a Citizen

The Corporation for Civic Documentaries is currently creating a documentary film on former Senator Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania. The film's working title is Senator Harris Wofford: Portrait of a Citizen.

Presidential Citizens Medal: On February 15, 2013, Harris Wofford was honored by President Obama with the nation's second highest civilian honor, the Citizens Medal. CCD filmed the ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

Wofford's Impact: CCD highlighted three interviewees from the film in a featurette narrated by Tony-nominated Shakespearean actor Anthony Heald:

Harris Wofford is an important figure in the history of the Civil Rights movement and has had a substantial impact throughout the United States. Wofford advised Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the strategy of non-violent civil disobedience in the 1950s. The first white male graduate of Howard University Law School, Wofford also played a critical role in the Kennedy Administration, first as Special Assistant to the President for Civil Rights, and later as an early advocate of the Peace Corps. His championship of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service over the last twelve years alone has resulted in more than 500,000 Americans taking part in these activities each year (according to the Corporation for National Service). In the Senate, Wofford introduced the current debate over universal healthcare to the national political scene and was instrumental in the creation of the Corporation for National Service.

The documentary, approximately fifty minutes in length, features interviews with over 40 individuals who have worked with Sen. Wofford, including: former President George H.W. Bush, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, General Colin Powell, Governor Edward G. Rendell, former Senator Rick Santorum, Sen. Robert P. Casey, Jr., Bill Moyers, Caroline Kennedy, James Carville, Ted Sorensen, and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan. Award-winning Italian composer Teho Teardo is scoring the film.

The film will be released in 2014. For more information contact CCD at: contact@civicdocumentaries.org.