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The Last White Knight (2012)

In 1965, 21-year-old Torontonian, Paul Saltzman drove to Mississippi, volunteering as a civil rights worker with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He was arrested, spending 10... See full summary »

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In 1965, 21-year-old Torontonian, Paul Saltzman drove to Mississippi, volunteering as a civil rights worker with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He was arrested, spending 10 days in jail. He smuggled letters out of jail to the Toronto Star. Canadian Foreign Affairs requested his release but Saltzman declined. Posted to one of the toughest segregationist towns, Greenwood, he helped disadvantaged sharecroppers register to vote. He was assaulted by a young Klansman. In 2007, Saltzman returned to find the KKK member who had punched him in the head, to explore if individual reconciliation was possible. He found him and a 5 year dialogue has ensued. His assailant was, Byron de la Beckwith Jr., whose father, Byron de la Beckwith Sr. murdered NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers. Written by Anonymous

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Morgan Freeman: Right here in this segregated backward society, I got one of the best educations reading Shakespeare and Chaucer, Longfellow, Wadsworth, in the 8th grade. When I was 8 years old I got a library card. I cannot tell you what kind of doors open up for you with books. Nothing else does it. Nothing else does it. Kids who grow up with television are growing up with their imaginations stunted. If you read a book, you create the whole world. It's all created inside your head. So you have a lot to do ...
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We need to end racism
6 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Living in the south we have heard of all the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement and I have met many that were enthralled in the middle of it all. This movie The Last White Knight takes you in the heart of the crisis to Mississippi where Paul Saltzman went to fight for the civil rights cause and got beat up by Klansman Byron "Delay" de la Beckwith. Now close to fifty years later Saltzman returns to revisit Mississippi an attempt to discover the evolution of the new "south". The most powerful aspect of this film is a series of one and one interviews of Delay as he shares his world view and the inner workings of the KKK. His father was sent to prison for the death of Medgar Evers, who was marked as a dead by the Klan. Morgan Freeman, a Mississippi native and Harry Belafonte tell their struggle and perspective in the film pointing to the harsh realities of the color barriers. I saw this film as part of the 2013 Atlanta Jewish Film festival and was mesmerized by the hatred of "the nigras" that Delay so freely professed. Even though it evokes hatred, this movie also shows children that share that we should all love each other and gives hope that the next generation not repeat the ills of the past.


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