Cameron Boyce is known to millions of Disney Channel watchers as the wisecracking and mischievous, Luke Ross on “Jessie.” He also played Cruella Deville’s son in the recent made for Disney Channel movie, “Descendants.” Just this week, people in East Tennessee and across the country began sharing his latest work on social media. The three minute piece came out of a Boyce family visit to Clinton, TN where everyone learned how one member of the family changed history.
As it turns out, Cameron’s “Nana” was one of the Clinton 12. In 1956, (one year before the Little Rock Nine), JoAnn Boyce and 11 other students in Clinton became the first African-American students in the South to integrate into an all white high school. This historic event has been the subject of a countless news stories, documentaries, and is also the subject of the museum at the Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton.
The new focus on the Clinton 12, is part of Disney’s “Be Inspired” series. The three minute clip begins with Cameron Boyce standing in front of the bronzed statues of his “Nana” and her classmates at the Green McAdoo Center. His sister, his parents and his “Nana” are all interviewed in the segment and all say this is a trip they had wanted to take together for a long time. Now, this “trip” will introduce thousands more people to this story of courage and conviction in Clinton.
Disney XD and Disney Channel both plan on airing this three minute segment during Black History Month. It is also available for viewing on youtube. For people wanting to learn more, visit the Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton or watch the 2006 Keith McDaniel documentary, “The Clinton 12.” ( Click here to watch the trailer.)