Sam leaps into the body of an elderly black man, Jesse Tyler, in the US South. It's 1955 and racism is institutionalized. Not realizing initially that he is black, Sam commits a major error when he takes a seat in the local diner, raising the ire of a couple of local rednecks. Sam learns that Jesse is chauffeur to Miss Melny Trafford, a highly respected local citizen. The US civil rights movement has yet to begin, but Sam decides he's going to take action. Written by
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The episode is often said to have been inspired by the 1989 movie Driving Miss Daisy. However, the episode first aired several months prior to the release of the movie. The movie was based on a theatrical play of the same name, so it's likely the latter was what inspired the episode. See more
Al says that he was a civil rights activist. But when he sings the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome", he sings "Deep in my arms". The lyric is "Deep in my heart". See more
References Twilight Zone
We Shall Overcome
Written by Charles Albert Tindley
Performed by Dean Stockwell See more