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BET+ teams up with Canada's CBC for new series 'The Porter' (VIDEO)

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A new series is coming to BET+ highlighting the creation of the black workers union called THE PORTER. The project is done in collaboration with Canada's CBC and will air just in time for Black History Month beginning February 21.

Inspired by real events and set in the roar of the 1920s, THE PORTER follows the journeys of an ensemble of characters who hustle, dream, cross borders and pursue their ambitions in the fight for liberation - on and off the railways that crossed North America. It is a gripping story of empowerment and idealism that highlights the moment when railway workers from both Canada and the United States joined together to give birth to the world’s first Black union.

Set primarily in Montreal, Chicago and Detroit as the world rebuilds after the First World War, THE PORTER depicts the Black community in St. Antoine, Montreal - known, at the time, as the “Harlem of the North.” They’re young, gifted and Black, from Canada, the Caribbean, and the U.S. via the Underground Railroad and through the Great Migration, and they find themselves thrown together north and south of the colour line, in an era that boasts anything is possible - but if change isn’t coming for them, they will come for it. By any means necessary.

Watch a sneak peek below: