Deacons For Defense

Cable Movie (August 2002 – November 2002)

Movie Details

The words "Black Power" bring back memories of names like Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and Eldridge Cleaver, but in Bogalusa, LA a group of harassed Afro-Americans had decided they'd had enough and took up arms to defend themselves and force the white power structure to listen to them. This took place during "Freedom Summer", 1964, right after the Civil Rights Act had become law. Fact based movie stars Forest Whitaker and Ossie Davis, the former as the founder of the Deacons of Defense and Justice (DDJ) and the latter as a peaceful minister trying to prevent the unavoidable violence that will follow. The story revolves around the white-controlled factory which provides 70% of the town's income and employees 40% of its people. Segregation is still clinging on within the factory, with blacks denied the supervisory positions and forced into separate lunchrooms, bathrooms, and drinking fountains. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has its strongest power in this area and, as the DDJ gets armed the KKK brings in more members from throughout the U.S. There will be a war!
1 h 12 min
 United States
TV movie, Drama
Bill Duke
Richard Wesley, Frank Military
Forest Whitaker, Chris Britton, Jonathan Silverman, Ossie Davis, Gene Mack, Tyrone Benskin, Paul Benjamin, Mpho Koaho, Melanie Nicholls-King, Serena Lee, Khafre Armatrading, Adam Weiner, Beau Starr, Paulino Nunes, Aaron Walpole, Boyd Banks, Timothy Burd, Daniel Kash, Jefferson Mappin, A.C. Peterson, Jonathan Potts, James Carroll, Calvin Green, Stan Coles, Brian Paul, Marcus Johnson
Deacon's For Defense
Nick Grillo
Director of Photography
Ron Stannett
Original Music Composer
Michael Colombier