"Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity."
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Have you or anyone else attempted to interview Llody Cork?
Hello there,We were not allowed to interview him with cameras. The state of Mississippi would not grant permission. Cork and I have exchanged letters and I am hoping to sit down with him face-to-face in a few months. The film is over, but the search for the truth continues for me.
this is amazing
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Hi, Yvette! Thanks for the really quick response!! I saw your and your grandfather's story (in part) on Democracy Now. It's such a compelling story that I'm fascinated by it and grateful that you've decided to get to the bottom of it. I will be keeping up with any updates. Good luck to you and thank you!
Thanks for being interested in this story. People remembering him keeps a piece of him alive, I think. I just created a Facebook page, Searching for Booker Wright...I'll be leaving lots of updates there as well, so you may want to "like" that page. Best to you!https://www.facebook.com/SearchingForBookerWright
ms. yvette, i just saw your film, & i must say its a inspireing story, your grandfather inspires me !!! i am very hurt to know how, your family lost your grand father, but on the other hand im so happy & filled with pride when i think of what he stood for, what he represented !!! & the things he did for his family & community. my grand fathers name was also booker, as is my father. i had not heard about this story untill i saw the preview on tv. i feel like a million things to say, but i will leave you with this, i wont forget ur family's story, i will keep up with every update..if i can ever be of service please let me know . god bless u & urs
I think it's so cool that you come from a line of Bookers. Thank you for connecting and for supporting this story. Lester Holt said that he can't believe that Booker Wright isn't included in the history books. My goal is to make his story go viral, I want as many people as possible to know about his bravery and what he had to overcome to achieve the American dream. So, I unapologetically accept your support! GO BOOKER WRIGHT@@@!!!!
Watching the story of Booker right now on TV. Wow, how interesting.
I would like to hear Lloyd Corks story, I'm thinking he was paid to kill Mr. Wright.
Just saw the story on Dateline about your Grandfather, and was inspired to tears. I was alive, but very young, seeing the Civil Rights marches, riots, etc. on television. I'll never forget those images. I was, thankfully, brought up in a home with no prejudice that I observed. I am presently doing a play that, while a comedy, deals with more current issues of racism and classism in the Texas of 1992, and was wondering: Does it still exist? What was it *really like*? What *is* it really like now? Watching this film helped me to understand that while it seems to be much better than it was, these prejudices and fears for the South go back a LONG WAY, and will still be awhile before they completely are gone. However, it does my heart good to see so many compassionate people responding well to your Grandfather's story, just as I did. Good luck to you in your search to find your Grandfather's essence, Yvette!
Thank you so much for connecting with this story! I would agree with your assessment. As a nation, and in the South, we've come very far in terms of race. We're just not finished with this important work. Booker Wright's essence, some days it eludes, some days I can feel him. This process has been an amazing one, but I would I give it all up for an hour with him.