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Narrated by award-winning actor James Earl Jones, THE CLINTON 12 tells the compelling story of the integration of the FIRST public high school in the South after the US Supreme Court ... See full summary »
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Narrated by award-winning actor James Earl Jones, THE CLINTON 12 tells the compelling story of the integration of the FIRST public high school in the South after the US Supreme Court decision Brown vs. the Board of Education. The title refers to the 12 black teenagers who, in the fall of 1956, were forced to attend the all white high school in Clinton, Tennessee. This story, which has gone untold for 50 years, shows the horrors of bigotry and racism in the Old South, as well as the courage of a community that fought to uphold the law. This film includes interviews with 11 of the original Clinton 12 as well as seldom-seen archive footage and interviews with those involved in the events. THE CLINTON 12 recalls one of the greatest moments in the American Civil Rights movement. This film tells of not only the courage of those who faced violent racial opposition, but the determination of a small, predominately white southern town that stood shoulder to shoulder to confront and defeat ... Written by Anonymous

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On August 27, 1956, twelve black teenagers walked into history and changed the world.

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A classic anti-racist film
3 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

"The Clinton 12" is a classic film about anti-racism for several reasons. First of all, the story it tells of an early deep-South school integration effort a year or so before Little Rock has tended to miss the history books. Obscure history is usually the most interesting to watch or read about. Secondly, the predicable racist Neanderthal goon squads arrive to make a mess of the effort, but what makes the event (and this film) remarkable is the way the town reacted as a whole to the knuckle-dragging racist thugs. The film shows what happens when people of good will work together and the producers (as well as the actual participants) deserve praise for preserving this amazing story as a good example to future generations.


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