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AARP members can watch "Hesburgh" through July 5, 2022. Video run time is 1 hour 46 minutes.


‘Hesburgh’ Documentary Follows Prominent Leader in the Civil Rights Movement

The reverend finds himself in the eye of the storm as he works to advance the causes of peace and equal rights

From 1952 through 1987, Rev. Theodore Hesburgh was president of the University of Notre Dame amid some of the most tumultuous times in our nation’s history. Hesburgh offers a unique glimpse of more than fifty years of American history, as the educator, civil rights champion, adviser to presidents, envoy to popes, theologian and activist was called on by countless world leaders to tackle the most challenging issues of the day. He built a reputation as a savvy political operator with a penchant for bridging the divide between bitter enemies. Through it all, he remained a man armed with a fierce intelligence, a quick wit and an unyielding moral compass — a timeless example of bipartisan leadership that would serve us in today’s increasingly polarized times.

Director: Patrick Creadon

Writers: Nick Andert, Jerry Barca, William Neal

Runtime: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Year: 2018

MPAA rating: Not rated/documentary

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