Country legend Dolly Parton racks up yet another honor for her “Coat of Many Colors” Associated Press
Dolly Parton performs on the main Pyramid stage at Glastonbury music festival, England, Sunday, June 29, 2014. More than 175,000 are expected to have arrived at Worthy Farm in Pilton to watch hundreds of acts amongst headliners, Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian.(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

When “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” was released in December of 2015, many skeptics wondered if the feel good movie would make an impact on an increasingly cynical world. Would viewers respond to such a wholesome message?

You bet they did. More than 13 million tuned in to the production, and it quickly became the most-watched film on broadcast networks since May 2012.

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And its story isn’t over yet.

On March 30, it was announced that Dolly and the movie that was inspired by her very own upbringing would be honored at the annual Christopher Awards, which looks to recognize those pieces of work that “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”

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“I love the Christopher Award slogan, ‘Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness,’” said Dolly in a recent press release.I personally believe that with all my heart. I think the movie, ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ a true story from my childhood, does throw a light on a lot of things like family, hope, love, kindness, understanding, and acceptance. It really spoke to the issue of bullying. I am very proud at how God works through me to shine a light and to help heal a lot of hurt in a lot of people, and I am very proud of this award.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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