A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
 Robert L. 'Bob' Carter
 Vivian 'Buster' Marshall
 Josiah C. Tulley
Ed Hall ...
 Reverend J.A. Delaine
 Ruth Alice Stovall
 W.B. Springer
 Charles L. Black, Jr.
Henderson Forsythe ...
 Gladys Hampton
Tommy Hollis ...
 Harry Briggs Sr.


This film follows the true story of the NAACP court court challenge of racial school segregation in the Brown vs. Board of Education. This was the struggle would destroy the legal validity for racial segregation in general and prove to be the start and the first major victory of the civil rights movement. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Release Date:

7 April 1991 (USA)  »

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In this film Sidney Poitier, who is 6'2" tall, plays Thurgood Marshall, who was over 6' tall. See more »


This entire movie is set in the 1950's. However, in at least one of the New York street scenes, both the clothing on the pedestrians and the cars on the street appear to date from the late 1960's and/or the 1970's. See more »


References The Quiet Man (1952) See more »

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This film should be shown in all schools!
14 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sidney Poitier was the perfect actor to play Thurgood Marshall as an attorney for the NAACP in the fifties. Burt Lancaster gives a final performance but one of his best as legal legend, John W. Davis. The supporting cast is excellent. This mini series is about the legal process that can be long, tedious, and time consuming for years. This case starts off when a small town African American minister, teacher, and principal seeks a school bus for his students. When the superintendent blows off the request, the minister goes forward and seeks counsel. The minister and the plaintiffs experience hostility, threats, violence, and more hatred. This film has to be shown in schools to understand American history, a shameful chapter in history.

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