- February 13, 2019
- 3:30-5:30 p.m.
- Student Center Theater
- Immediately following the film, a Question and Answer session will be held with award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Clennon L. King.
About the Documentary
Set in rural Southwest Georgia, Fair Game: Surviving A 1960 Georgia Lynching is a vivid portrait of a town notorious for lynchings. As JFK was making a White House run in May 1960, a 24-year-old Black Navy vet from Bayonne, New Jersey, joined a friend on a road trip home. But little did James Fair, Jr. know how ill-timed his arrival in rural Early County, Georgia would be. Less than three days later, he’d find himself facing Georgia's electric chair for the rape and murder of an 8-year old girl he didn't know.
This narrative chronicles the riveting 26-month campaign spearheaded by Fair's mother, who unwittingly raised the money, mobilized the media and assembled a crackerjack legal team willing to go to the mat for her son.
Featuring Clinton presidential advisor Vernon Jordan, a law clerk on the case, and former White House cabinet secretary Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, who hails from the town where the case unfolded, the 65-minute film offers an unforgettable portrait of Jim Crow justice gone awry.