The Ohio State University at Newark


Film Screening: A Crime on the Bayou

Event Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022 to Thursday, September 29, 2022
Event Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Reese Center Auditorium

A Crime on the Bayou movie poster.

Open to the public.

5–6:30 p.m. Film Screening: A Crime on the Bayou
6:30–7 p.m.: Q&A with film writer Lolis Elie

John and Mary Alford Performing Arts Hall (auditorium)
John Gilbert Reese Center
1209 University Drive

In 1966 in Plaquemines Parish, a swampy strip of land south of New Orleans, a young Black fisherman, Gary Duncan, touched a white boy’s arm in an attempt to break up a fight between the boy and Black teenagers outside a newly integrated school. That night, police arrested 19-year-old Gary Duncan for assault on a minor. Arrests like Duncan’s were part of a white supremacist attempt to keep schools segregated despite a court order, and defendants usually settled rather than face long odds against an institutionally racist system. Yet with the help of a young Jewish attorney, Richard Sobol, Duncan fought for justice all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court—and won. A Crime on the Bayou tells the story of hate vanquished by a powerful friendship between the two men that would last a lifetime.

Sponsored by The Ohio State University outreach office.