The Least Among You is an emotional biopic about a troubled young black college graduate. Being caught up in the 1965 Watts riots and falsely accused of the assault and battery of a cop, Richard Kelly has no choice than to reluctantly trade in incarceration for probationary reparation, if he would attend an all-white seminary. At times like this, you’d say, “Thank God for his conscientious mother, who applied to the school on his behalf, and was granted a full scholarship, although becoming a pastor had nothing to do with the explosive world of computers where his radar was pointing at!”
Unbeknownst to Richard (Cedric Sanders), God’s sovereignty was at work charting the path of the young man’s destiny. While trying to come to terms with his probationary period and the dent in his career, his problems becomes compounded right from his first day on the premises with the daily racist remarks, stiff opposition from his seminary colleagues, and the awkward liability saddled on him by the college’s Provost Allan Beckett (William Devane).
Richard forms an unlikely alliance with his liberal roommate, a native Texan, Fred Leak (John B. Reynolds), and also finds a father figure/mentor in the person of Sam Benton, the seminary’s gardener (Louis Gossett, Jr.). With the help of these two, Richard is able to transform his “ghetto survival instincts and attitude” into positive energy, birthing courage and determination needed to forge through his early days on the campus. However on the home front, Richard’s mother Ruth Kelly (Siena Goines) develops a debilitating condition. The hospital requests that a $5000 down payment be made before any surgical procedure will be entertained. In the absence of a father, or indeed any financial aid, Richard is forced to resort to his drug-dealing childhood friend Roscoe, for help. This help comes at a high price.
All these circumstances and more drive Kelly to the breaking point until a deep transformation takes place in the life of the seminary freshman. Not only does he receive a divine touch which leads to his self-discovery and deliverance from childhood pains, but it also serves as the catalyst needed for a deep-rooted pruning within the seminary. This poignantly includes the grieving bible lecturer Kate Allison (Lauren Holly), who had resorted to drowning her sorrows with the help of chain-smoking and binge-drinking since losing all her three children and invariably her marriage whilst on missions to Africa.
Directed by Mark Young, The Least Among You is well scripted and and has good production values. It is replete with deep-reaching life messages and highlights man’s resilience and tendency to see beyond the limitations and stumbling blocks of racism when in the company of good mentors.
The Least Among You is imbued with lessons about passion and hope, which are crucial in order to fulfill one’s destiny plus the conviction to go all out standing by our faith, even when we are the least among many! I would certainly recommend it for all and sundry, not just the black folks in need of tuning their will power into positives, but also for all like-minded people.Powered by Sidelines