The Editor and the Dragon: Horace Carter Fights the Klan
Walter Campbell, Martin Clark / USA
The Editor and The Dragon chronicles one of the most unique episodes in our nation’s long Civil Rights movement: Horace Carter’s fight against the KKK and its leader, Thomas L. Hamilton. Between 1950 and 1952, the young newspaper editor ignores death threats and constant intimidation from the Klan as he editorializes against its ‘Reign of Terror’ in the coastal border region of North and South Carolina. Kidnappings, cross-burnings, rallies, and floggings—the film combines interviews and dramatic imagery with archival film footage, period photographs, and Carter’s own editorials. In the end, FBI and state officials arrest more than 80 Klansmen, the Grand Dragon goes to jail, and Carter’s editorials earn his newspaper a Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service. The film is narrated by Morgan Freeman.
- Official Selection: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Durham, North Carolina, U S A