A 1967 Murder and a ‘Reckoning’ with the Truth

June 16, 2022

American Reckoning, a feature-length documentary from FRONTLINE and Retro Report, traces the life and death of Wharlest Jackson Sr., a ‘foot soldier’ of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The film explores the history of Black resistance in his hometown, Natchez, Mississippi, as well as his family’s decades-long struggle for justice.

Host Raney Aronson-Rath sits down with Dawn Porter, her fellow executive producer on both the American Reckoning documentary and FRONTLINE’s Un(re)solved initiative, as well as American Reckoning directors Brad Lichtenstein and Yoruba Richen.

Un(re)solved is a multiplatform investigation that tells the stories of lives cut short and examines a federal effort to grapple with America’s legacy of racist killings through the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act. Along with the documentary American Reckoning, Un(re)solved comprises a web-based interactive experience, a serialized podcast and an augmented-reality installation.

American Reckoning is available for streaming on FRONTLINE’s website, the PBS Video app and FRONTLINE’s YouTube channel. You can experience the rest of Un(re)solved here.

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