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50th Anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee   Tags: event, exhibit, harper, lee, novel  

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In Monroeville, Alabama, Harper Lee’s model for Maycomb, To Kill a Mockingbird is celebrated as a tribute to Southern life. This hard-edged program juxtaposes white and black experiences in the racially segregated South of the 1930s-1960s to deepen the understanding of the novel’s portrayal of racial tension and tolerated judicial bias. Interviews, archival footage, and photographs combine to illustrate the realities of segregation, lynching, white supremacy, injustice in the courts, and the Civil Rights movement. Dramatic readings from the novel and a powerful rendering of a blues song about lynching provide additional poignancy. A BBC Production. (20 minutes

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