The Wire is the greatest TV drama ever made. Greatest ever. From the streets to the government, all the way down to the press; the show was about everything. My friends still quote that show four years after the series ended and I can almost guarantee you after they read this post, they’re going to go back and watch the series over. It just has that profound effect on people that shakes them to the core. That’s why it’s surprising but not-so-surprising to find out Sonja Sohn, the half-korean half-black actress that played Kima, stayed behind. If the viewers were moved by the series, you can only imagine what it was like to really internalize the material as part of the cast.
Sohn started wondering: What if they took “The Wire” into schools, dissected how characters negotiated their environment and got kids to talk about how they did the same in their lives? Could that help them step outside themselves and see how they were making decisions, how there could be other possibilities?
She shared the idea with Simon, saying she wanted to start an organization called ReWired for Change (ReWired for Life is its pilot program). “I was surprised,” he says. Most TV and movie people who adopt a cause, he adds, “say a few words, they’ll go to a dinner, they’ll give some money, but this is time. Time is the ultimate expenditure.” He gave his blessing but worried about how Sohn would raise money and whether she could succeed where even the best-intentioned Baltimoreans had not. “There was a part of me who wanted to put my arm around her and say” — he takes on an almost pitying tone — “you are about to go on a journey.”
Fans are all too familiar with how teenage outreach turned out during the show when Bunny went into schools. But sometimes you just gotta show these kids that you give a fuck when nobody else does. Fuck man. I love this story. Read the article in whole as it touches on Sohn’s own hurtful past and the progression of the program here.