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Ghosts of Mississippi

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Caelyn Sommerville

on 8 April 2014

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Transcript of Ghosts of Mississippi

Ghosts of Mississippi
Narratives & Perspectives
Themes & Topics
Synopsis
About the Movie
Directed by Rob Reiner (
Misery
&
A Few Good Men
)
Produced by Castle Rock Entertainment and Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Woods
Filmed in Jackson, Mississippi where Medgar Evers was shot and killed.
Key Players
Bobby DeLaughter- played by Alec Baldwin; the Assistant DA that prosecuted the third trial of Byron De La Beckwith
Myrlie Evers- played by Whoopi Goldberg; widow of Medgar Evers who strove to reopen her late husband's case
Byron De La Beckwith- played by James Woods; the white supremacist who shot and killed Medgar Evers
Perspectives
The main perspective of the movie comes from Bobby Delaughter. The film highlights his decision to reopen and pursue the case, the progress of the case and the opposition that he and his family faced.
The sub-perspective that the movie takes is that of Myrlie Evers. The film spotlighted Myrlie's determination for justice but also her doubt of the DA's intentions.

Representations
Racist Southern whites
Black politicians
Black community
Detail 4
Racial Inequality in 1960's
The first two trials against Beckwith both had juries made up of all white men.
The former governor of Mississippi shook hands with Beckwith while Myrlie Evers was on the witness stand.
The movie showed a parade for Beckwith after the mistrials.
Racial Inequality in 1980's-90's
Bobby DeLaughter's car was vandalized.
His son was in a fight.
He got divorced.
His family was threatened with a bomb.
This all happened because he was pursuing the Evers' case.
Is It Ever Too Late to Do the Right Thing?
This theme was the basis of the entire movie. It was highly criticized to reopen a case, especially of a white man killing a black man in Mississippi, 25 years later. Bobby DeLaughter, in his closing statement asks, "Today, thirty years later, I'm asking you twelve ladies and gentlemen to act boldly; to hold this defendant accountable and find him guilty...simply because it is right, it is just, and Lord knows it is time. Is it ever too late to do the right thing?"
Ghosts of Mississippi covers the final trial of Byron De La Beckwith, the white supremacist who is suspected of shooting and killing Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers. After two hung juries, the final trial was ____ 30 years later, prosecuted by Bobby DeLaughter.
Perseverance
Myrlie Evers is the epitome of perseverance. She stayed true to her husband and strove to find justice for her husband.
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