African American Film Forum: Crime on the Bayou

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Crandall Public Library

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*This is a virtual screening. Please register to receive a link to screen the film, and a link for the discussion.*

A Crime on the Bayou is the story of Gary Duncan, a Black teenager from Plaquemines Parish, a swampy strip of land south of New Orleans.

In 1966, Duncan tries to break up an argument between white and Black teenagers outside a newly integrated school, in the course of which he dares to gently lay a hand on a white boy's arm. That night, police burst into Duncan's trailer and arrest him for assault on a minor.

A young Jewish attorney, Richard Sobol, leaves his prestigious D.C. firm to volunteer in New Orleans. With his help, Duncan bravely stands up to a racist legal system powered by a white supremacist boss to challenge his unfair arrest. Their fight goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and their lifelong friendship is forged. – Bullfrog Films

"Every American should watch this riveting portrayal of the breadth and depth of racial injustice in the Deep South of the 1960s. The 'crime' committed on the bayou was nothing more nor less than the demand for equal rights for all. This documentary exposes the ferocity and longevity of white resistance to Black civil rights, the moral bankruptcy of powerful southern officials, and the unbending determination of those who put their lives on the line to fulfill our nation's aspiration of equal rights before the law." - Jane Dailey, Professor of American History, University of Chicago

Event Type(s): Film Program
Age Group(s): Adults

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