Directed by Clennon King (USA, 2018, 63 min.). Digital.
As John F. Kennedy was making a run for the White House in the spring of 1960, 24-year-old Navy vet James Fair Jr. of New Jersey joined a friend on a road trip home. But their arrival in segregated Early County, Georgia, could not have been more ill-timed. It coincided with the alleged rape and murder of an 8-year-old Black girl, prompting authorities to finger Fair as the fall guy. Less than three days later, with no jury present or lawyer to defend him—no physical evidence, autopsy, or court transcript—a judge set a date for Fair with Georgia’s electric chair. That's when Alice Fair mounted an unforgettable 26-month campaign to fight for her son's life.
Roxbury-based filmmaker Clennon L. King dedicates the documentary to the 24 Black men who known to have been lynched between 1881 and 1960 in Early County, Georgia, and to his father, Georgia’s legendary civil rights attorney C. B. King, who tried to prevent Fair from becoming the 25th victim.
Co-presented with the Roxbury International Film Festival. Followed by a discussion with the director.