Will and Cynthia Palmer's daughter Bertha is off to Lane College, the first in the family to do so. There she meets Simon Haley, a fellow student who is working his way through school. She ... See full summary »

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Will and Cynthia Palmer's daughter Bertha is off to Lane College, the first in the family to do so. There she meets Simon Haley, a fellow student who is working his way through school. She asks him out to the school picnic, more as a joke than anything else, but they soon become close. At the end of the year, she describes him to her parents as a particular dear friend, which worries her father. When Simon gets home he learns that his father needs him to help out of the farm and that there's no money for his tuition. His mother has her own ideas. Intent on returning to school, he gets a job as a Pullman porter where he meets someone who changes his life. Congressman Andy Warner is off to Washington and there is also a new President, Woodrow Wilson. Andy's not pleased when Earl Crowther starts a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and they burn a cross without his permission. The Klan burns out Mr. Goldstein, the Jewish tailor. Simon misses his graduation when he enlists in the army. Written by garykmcd

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20 February 1979 (USA)  »

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Irene Cara as Bertha Palmer, mother of Alex Haley
15 January 2017 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Chapter three starts off with Bertha George Palmer (Irene Cara) leaving Henning to attend Lane College in North Carolina, where she meets Simon Haley (Dorian Harewood), whose dirt poor sharecropper father Alec (Hal Williams) allowed wife Queen (Ruby Dee, earning an Emmy nomination) to enable their son to meet his agricultural aspirations. The sophisticated Bertha falls for Simon's ambition and determination, which sadly results in them spending very little time together, as he skips graduation to join the army for duty overseas during World War 1. Back in Henning her father Will Palmer (Stan Shaw) observes a rebirth of the KKK, and its persecution of a kindly Jewish tailor (George Voskovec). Among several fine performances, James Daly plays his final role, and Ossie Davis scores as a veteran railroad conductor.


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