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The Vernon Johns Story (1994 Full Movie)

  
The Vernon Johns Story (1994 Full Movie)
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    The Vernon Johns Story is the inspirational saga of the man who preceded Martin Luther King Jr. as pastor of a Montgomery, Alabama Baptist Church. Described as one of Gods most brilliant preachers, Johns campaigned tireles...
    The Vernon Johns Story is the inspirational saga of the man who
    preceded Martin Luther King Jr. as pastor of a Montgomery, Alabama
    Baptist Church. Described as one of Gods most brilliant preachers,
    Johns campaigned tirelessly for Civil Rights long before the cudgel
    was taken up by the mainstream. Before leaving his post, Johns
    passed the torch to young Reverend King, who is but a minor
    character in this positive, uplifting TV-movie. James Earl Jones
    curbs his tendency to ham it up as Vernon Johns, delivering an
    understated and most effective performance.Vernon JohnsVernon Johns
    (April 22, 1892 -- June 11, 1965) was an American minister and civil
    rights leader who was active in the struggle for civil rights for
    African Americans from the 1920s.He is considered by some as the
    father of the American Civil Rights Movement, having laid the
    foundation on which Martin Luther King, Jr. and others would build.
    He was Dr. Kings predecessor as pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist
    Church in Montgomery, Alabama from 1947 to 1952, and a mentor of
    Ralph Abernathy, Wyatt Walker, and many others in the Southern
    Christian Leadership Conference.BackgroundJohns was born in
    Darlington Heights, Prince Edward County, Virginia, the grandson of
    slaves. He graduated from Oberlin Seminary in 1918 and attended the
    University of Chicagos graduate school of theology. He died of a
    heart attack in Washington, D.C. on June 11, 1965 at age 73.In
    Prince Edward County, Virginia, the Robert Moton School was the
    scene of a student strike for better conditions in 1951. One student
    leader, Barbara Rose Johns was the niece of Vernon Johns. Though he
    was in Montgomery at the time of the student strike, many report
    that he was influential in giving advice. His wife was a former
    teacher in the Robert Moton High School, and he still had numerous
    familial ties in the community of Farmville and the surrounding
    area. The Johns family knew the social politics of the area. The
    local NAACP chapter saw an opportunity to push for change and helped
    the students continue the fight after the ten day strike was over.
    This case, Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County,
    would be combined into others and brought to the U.S. Supreme Court
    as Brown v. Board of Education.LegacyA television film was made in
    1994 called Road to Freedom The Vernon Johns Story, written by
    Leslie Lee and Kevin Arkadie, based on an unpublished biography by
    Henry W. Powell of The Vernon Johns Society. The motion picture was
    directed by Kenneth Fink and stars James Earl Jones in the role.
    Former NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has long expressed an
    interest in African-American history, was the films co-executive
    producer.David Anderson Elementary School in Petersburg, Virginia,
    was renamed Vernon Johns Middle School several years ago. In 2009 it
    became the junior high school for the city school system.PS I dont
    have any rights for that video. I uploaded it on Youtube to share
    and educate people.
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