Ghosts of Mississippi Discussion
This is a list of discussion questions that you will
be expected to answer tomorrow during class. You can
use this sheet during the discussion but nothing else.
It is expected that you will prepare each question.
All students will participate and you will be graded
on your performance.
1. One of the reporters early in the movie said,
“Who said anything about America? This is
Mississippi.” What did he mean by that? Give an
example from the Civil Rights movement to back up
2. Medgar Evers was quoted as saying “I don’t
know whether I’m going to heaven or to hell but I
know I am going from Jackson.” What does this
indicate about his attitudes toward race and
segregation in the south? Do you think other
southerners felt the same? Why or why not?
3. What part of the movie stood out most to you?
4. What character do you admire the most? Why?
5. What character do you think is most like you?
6. Choose a character from the movie and describe
the process they went through to try to get
justice for Medgar Evers.
7. We discussed the terms stereotype, prejudice
and discrimination. Give an example of each of
these from the film and compare/contrast them.
8. Out of frustration, Bobby DeLaughter said,
“You can never legislate the way people think.”
How is this quote exemplified in the movie? What
are examples of it today?
9. One of the mottos of the civil rights movement
was “We shall overcome.” Do you think our society
truly has overcome? Why or why not?
10. In Bobby DeLaughter’s closing statement he asks
the jury the following question: “Is it ever too
late to do the right thing?” Respond to this
question. Use at least two examples from the movie
to back up your opinion.