Filmmaker Paul Saltzman's Last White Knight


The US civil rights movement of the 1960's was a political awakening for many North Americans. One of the most shocking events of the time, was the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers in 1963. The injustices inflicted on blacks in the Southern states galvanized many to speak up - and to take action - for racial equality.

Toronto filmmaker Paul Saltzman decided to do what he could. In 1965, at age 21, he traveled to Greenwood, Mississippi to help register black voters.

While he was there, Mr. Saltzman was attacked and beaten by a Ku Klux Klan member, a man named Delay De La Beckwith. Delay is the son of Byron De La Beckwith - the white supremacist and high official in the Klan, who was later convicted of Medgar Evers' murder.

In 2007, Mr. Saltzman returned to Mississippi to meet with Delay De La Beckwith, the man who had assaulted him forty years eariler to see if there could be any kind of reconciliation.
The pair met five times between 2007 and 2012. And what came from those conversations is captured in his new documentary, Last White Knight

This interview first aired last February. 

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