While filming a documentary in Mississippi in 1965, Frank De Felitta forever changed the life of an African-American waiter and his family. In 2011, Frank's son returns to the Delta to examine the repercussions of that fateful encounter.
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In 1965, filmmaker Frank De Felitta made a documentary film for NBC News about the changing times in the American South and the tensions of life in the Mississippi Delta during the civil rights struggle. The film was broadcast in May of 1966 and outraged many Southern viewers, in part, because it included an extraordinary scene featuring a local African-American waiter named Booker Wright. Wright, who worked at a local "whites only" restaurant in Greenwood MS, went on record to deliver a stunning, heartfelt and inflammatory monologue exploding the myth about who he was and how he felt about his position serving the local white community. The fallout for Booker Wright was extreme: He lost his job, and was beaten and ostracized by those that considered him "one of their own." Forty-five years after Booker's television appearance, Frank De Felitta's son, director Raymond De Felitta, takes a journey into the Mississippi Yazoo Delta with Booker Wright's granddaughter in search of who ... Written by
As I white southern man, this film had a lot of hard truths in it. But everyone should see it! Booker was by all accounts the nicest person you could ever hope to meet, and what happened to him and why is a shame, in every possible definitions of the word. I felt shame, as a southerner, as a American, and as a human-being, that this kind of injustices could happen in such recent history(1960s). Watch this film, if you have the guts to face the truth about racism in the south! the sad fact is that Booker had to die, because the people of Mississippi couldn't stand the shame of him telling the truth to the world. so as usually happens they tried to cover-up Sin with Sin. God bless Booker Wright!
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