Oct. 16 screening of 'The Last White Knight' kicks off HCC diversity program
Heights Community Congress (HCC) will sponsor two free screenings of the documentary film "The Last White Knight" on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., at the Cedar Lee Theatre.
HCC is partnering with Facing History and Ourselves, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and the Maltz Museum of Jewish History to bring "The Last White Knight" to Cleveland Heights. HCC is also collaborating with Cleveland Heights High School staff to facilitate student participation at the morning screening.
"The Last White Knight" premiered in 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was featured at the Cleveland International Film Festival in April 2013. Paul Saltzman, film and television producer-director and two-time Emmy award winner, will be at both screenings to introduce the film and conduct talk-back sessions afterward.
The film features Saltzman interviewing Ku Klux Klan member Delay de la Beckwith, the son of Byron de la Beckwith—the man who murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers in Greenwood, Miss. in 1963. The two had met before—Beckwith hit Saltzman in the nose when the latter was registering black voters in 1965.
The film also includes interviews with Morgan Freeman, Harry Belafonte, and masked Klan members.
"The Last White Knight" presents candid views of race relations, then and now. It is expected to generate discussion that will give direction for meaningful and relevant community dialogue about diversity and inclusion.
The film is rated R for extensive use of racial epithets. Seating at the Cedar Lee Theatre is limited. Visit www.heightscongress.org or call 216-321-6775 to reserve a space. Walk-ins are welcome on a space-available basis.
HCC is an advocate of social justice, a monitor of fair housing and a facilitator of community building. Each year HCC sponsors the Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour, showcasing the homes and gardens of Cleveland Heights. The movie screening is part of HCC’s 2013–14 diversity programming.
Mayethel White is the president of the Heights Community Congress Board of Directors.