Nightjohn (1996)

Set in the South before the Civil War, when it was illegal for African Americans to be literate, this well-wrought made-for-television drama centers on Nightjohn (Carl Lumbly), a slave who risks his life to teach a younger slave, Sarny… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1996
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Powerful and soul-stirring drama set on a nineteenth century Southern plantation.

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Cynthia S.
Wonderful movie that brought to light the truths of why keeping slaves illiterate was so important to slave owners. Very touching story...chock full of some… More