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In 1965, 21-year-old Torontonian, Paul Saltzman drove to Mississippi, volunteering as a civil rights worker with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He was arrested, spending 10... See full summary »

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In 1965, 21-year-old Torontonian, Paul Saltzman drove to Mississippi, volunteering as a civil rights worker with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He was arrested, spending 10 days in jail. He smuggled letters out of jail to the Toronto Star. Canadian Foreign Affairs requested his release but Saltzman declined. Posted to one of the toughest segregationist towns, Greenwood, he helped disadvantaged sharecroppers register to vote. He was assaulted by a young Klansman. In 2007, Saltzman returned to find the KKK member who had punched him in the head, to explore if individual reconciliation was possible. He found him and a 5 year dialogue has ensued. His assailant was, Byron de la Beckwith Jr., whose father, Byron de la Beckwith Sr. murdered NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers. Written by Anonymous

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Even Handed Effort to Understand Racism in 1960's (and still today in Mississippi)
18 March 2014 | by billstanley317See all my reviews

Just watched this unusual documentary. I believe I understand what Paul Saltzman was trying to accomplish. He wanted to bridge the gap, to understand what the other side was thinking, to attempt to put the hate aside and even extend a hand of friendship. He tried mightily to gain some perspective on what had happened in 1960's Mississippi. Although his heart may have been in the right place (it was a valiant and beautiful effort) in the end, the most salient comment was made by Harry Belafonte: "I (still) don't trust Mississippi. . . I don't feel safe here." After listening to Byron de la Beckwith's hateful statements, looking at his smirky smiling face, his misplaced sense of bravado, I realize that real deep-down change will only come slowly to Mississippi after several more generations of people like Beckwith have died out.


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