The Ghosts of Mississippi
1. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his "I Have a Dream" speech, given August 28, 1963 said, "I
have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the
heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and
justice." How does the prosecution and conviction of de la Beckwith relate to Dr. King's
vision for the United States?
2. What was wrong with the State Sovereignty Commission aiding the de la Beckwith
defense? Or was it wrong at all?
3. Why was it important to retry the case and bring de la Beckwith to justice, even if justice
had been delayed for so long?
4. Would you consider Myrlie Evers courageous or was she simply honoring the memory of
her late husband?
5. Would you consider prosecutor Bobby DeLaughter to be courageous? Wasn't he just
doing his job?
6. Depth of feeling is what makes a film worth watching. Of the many scenes in the film,
which one moved you the most?