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Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Drama about groundbreaking racer has language, violence.

Movie NR 2020 106 minutes
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With its effective narrative, this is an exceptional documentary for older kids and teens about an African American pioneer race car driver in pursuit of a passion that others wish to deny him. "There is no sport more exciting than racing," says Ribbs in Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story. "This is the next best thing to heaven."

The same powerful sentiment about the sport is echoed by a Ribbs mentor and supporter, actor and car racing enthusiast Paul Newman. "The only thing that I ever found any grace in was an automobile," notes Newman. Ribbs also befriends boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who gives the aspiring driver advice about being Black in a primarily all-White and male-dominated sport during the 20th century. "I broke down barriers that were not supposed to be broken down," recalls Ribbs, who successfully laid the groundwork for a more diverse and inclusive world with his historic role in society.

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