Release Date: February 19, 2010 Distributor: Paladin Director: Jeb Stuart Screenwriter: Jeb Stuart Cast: Nate Parker, Rick Schroder, Afemo Omilami, Lela Rochon, Omar Benson Miller, Sahr Ngaujah, Nick Searcy, Michael Rooker, Darrin Dewitt Henson and Gattlin Griffith.
Synopsis: Jeb Stuart's 'Blood Done Sign My Name' is a civil rights drama based on the acclaimed book of the same name by prize-winning author and scholar Timothy Tyson. Part autobiography and part history of the civil rights movement in the south, the book, which has sold over 150,000 copies and has been hailed as "one of the most powerful meditation on race in America" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The movie recounts the small town murder of Henry Marrow, a 23 year-old black Vietnam veteran, who was shot and beaten to death by a prominent white businessman and his grown sons.
In response to the crime, and the sham trial that followed, many young African American men took to the streets, engaging in riots and vandalism. However, Ben Chavis, Marrow's cousin, decided that the best way to protest the injustice would be to organize a peaceful march on the state capitol.
What began as a small group of outraged friends and relatives grew to a crowd of thousands over the three-day, fifty-mile trek to Raleigh. Ten years old at the time, Tyson watched as his father, pastor of the all-white Methodist church, tried to get his congregation to accept the inevitability of integration.
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