The Last White Knight

On a spring day in 1965, civil rights activist Paul Saltzman was headed into a courthouse in Greenwood, Mississippi, a Southern heart of darkness notorious for its segregationist policies. Suddenly surrounded by four white supremacists, Saltzman was punched in the head, but he managed to make his escape. After pressing charges, Saltzman learned just how lucky he had been. The 18-year-old delinquent who had assaulted him was none other than Ku Klux Klansman Delay de la Beckwith, the son of Byron, the man convicted of putting a bullet in the back of NAACP leader Medgar Evers. Now, 43 years later, Salztman returns to the same courthouse steps to meet de la Beckwith face to face. The unrepentantly racist Klansman sits down for a remarkable conversation that is often chilling, yet bracing in its honesty about the state of race relations in the United States. Mississippi transplant Morgan Freeman and singer/activist Harry Belafonte comment on that ugly time, not so long ago.
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