Film & Discussion: Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor
Monday December 2, 2013: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room
This inspiring 2012 documentary is the story of U-M’s Billy Taylor: his fall from college football’s largest stage, and the moment that led to his improbable recovery. The film will be followed by a discussion led by Billy Taylor and the film’s producer Dan Chace.
A record-setting, 3-time All-American and team MVP, Taylor began his career at Michigan at the same time that legendary head coach, Bo Schembechler, began his tenure. Despite his amazing college football achievements, Taylor saw his world come crashing in around him as he battled addiction, incarceration and homelessness on the streets of Detroit.
The film highlights Taylor’s notable football accomplishments and explores the setbacks that sidelined him, addressing themes of drug and alcohol dependency, homelessness, rehabilitation, self-determination, loyalty, parenting and faith. Taylor's fight for recovery is at the core of the story, and a powerful reminder that it's never too late to change. The film reveals Schembechler’s important role in Taylor’s story, along with others who helped Billy reclaim his life. The documentary includes interviews with former Michigan coaches Gary Moeller and Jerry Hanlon, as well as teammates David Brandon, Don Moorhead, Thom Darden and Henry Hill. Other notables include John U. Bacon, Bruce Madej and Tom Ufer.