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The Editor And The Dragon: Horace Carter Fights The Klan

Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, "The Editor And The Dragon" tells the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher Horace Carter (1921-2009) (pictured) and his bold reporting on the Ku Klux Klan in the pre-Civil Rights era.
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Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, "The Editor And The Dragon" tells the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher Horace Carter (1921-2009) (pictured) and his bold reporting on the Ku Klux Klan in the pre-Civil Rights era.

Airs Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, “The Editor And The Dragon” tells the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher Horace Carter (1921-2009) and his bold reporting on the Ku Klux Klan in the pre-Civil Rights era.

Carter, the 29-year-old editor of the weekly Tabor City Tribune, stood against the Klan and risking life, livelihood, friendships and his family's safety to protest the Klan's racist rhetoric and vigilantism.

His courageous reports and the unwavering integrity of his weekly editorials helped lead to the first FBI investigation of the Klan during that era, and to the arrest and conviction of nearly 100 Klansmen.

Archival footage and interviews with Carter, his family, Tabor City, North Carolina residents, journalists and historians help piece together this dark chapter in American history.

View the film trailer.

REVIEWS:

"His journalistic prowess was exceeded only by his bravery.”INDY WEEK

“This film will inspire its viewers and remind them that Horace Carter’s life is a model to which we should all aspire.”William R. Ferris, Senior Associate Director, The Center for the Study of the American South

CREDITS:

Produced by the Center for the Study of the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill. Produced and Directed by Martin Clark and Walter E. Campbell. Written by Walter E. Campbell, Martin Clark, and Tom Vickers. First Editor/Assistant Director is Tom Vickers.