The documentary, Congressman Robert Smalls: A Patriot’s Journey from Slavery to Capitol Hill, brings to light the full picture of the development of American democracy, the origins of civil rights movement and the man who dedicated his life to this crusade. African-American politicians like Robert Smalls pushed the boundaries of American democracy setting the stage for the modern day civil rights movement.
Formerly enslaved, Smalls tirelessly served his constituents, black and white, with dignity and courage. He fought for equal opportunity among the races in business, politics and education. Up to now, very little has been written about his life and achievements.