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ASU student's civil rights research to air on Dateline

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Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 8:14 am

A Dateline NBC broadcast Sunday, July 15 will feature Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story, a 2012 Tribeca Film Festival documentary partially based on the research of an Arizona State University student.

Yvette Johnson started a research blog ( for her Family History Writing class, which eventually led to the documentary. Her grandfather, Booker Wright, became an unlikely civil rights activist after he was interviewed by a journalist in 1966.

The interview sent shockwaves throughout the community of Greenwood, known for its hostility towards segregation. As a result of the broadcast, Wright lost his job, was pistol-whipped by a cop who was never charged and later was murdered under murky circumstances.

The show will air 6 p.m. Sunday on channels 12 and 1012.

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