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The Vernon Johns Story (True Stories Collection TV Movie)
The Vernon Johns Story
True Stories Collection TV Movie
Actors: James Earl Jones, Garland Bunting, Moses Gibson, Tommy Hollis, Joe Inscoe
Genres: Drama, Television
PG     2007     1hr 40min

"Memorable." — - The Los Angeles Times Oscar® nominee James Earl Jones stars as controversial pastor Vernon Johns, one of the earliest voices of civil rights. In 1948, Johns served as the outspoken spiritual leader of the D...  more »


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Actors: James Earl Jones, Garland Bunting, Moses Gibson, Tommy Hollis, Joe Inscoe
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Drama
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/26/2007
Original Release Date: 01/15/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 01/15/1994
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The Vernon Johns Story - The Road to Freedom and Awareness
Kenneth A. Davis | Johnston, SC United States | 04/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you want to see a movie that will wake you up, make you proud of your predecessors, and make you want to go out and do something constructive to improve the economic, spiritual and social status of black people, then this is the movie for you. James Earl Jones is superb as Vernon Johns, full of the essence of the word "love." Love is a verb, meaning to take action, not a feeling or some image of lust. Watch the movie with a friend, family member or someone who cares, and then go out and do something about it. Don't get excited about the movie and then do nothing about it. And don't think you are just one person and you will have no effect. Vernon Johns was one person and he paved the way for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights activists. Pave the way for a better community, county, state, nation and world. Thank you."
A "must have" for anyone teaching the civil rights movement
hal1956 | West Orange, NJ United States | 01/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Through the writing of Taylor Branch, I was first introduced to the brilliant Vernon Johns and his unacknowledged role in the civil rights movement. I subsequently read "Voices for the Dexter Pulpit" (ed. Michael Thurman) and the unpublished biography of Johns written by Henry W. Powell of The Vernon Johns Society. The brilliant performance by James Earl Jones is as close to written accounts as one would expect. This is a "must see" for anyone who teaches the civil rights movement. Provides for a great debate topic - Johns v. MLK - why did one succeed and the other not?"
I like this movie.
forceflow307 | Some people know, MO | 04/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"WARNING; THIS MOVIE MAY CAUSE A CHANGE OF HEART IN ITS VIEWERS. This is a great movie about a modern day prophet who is rejected byy his own people, but continues to spread the word. I give it a 4 1/2!"
Road to Freedom, The Vernon Johns Story -A Masterpiece
Amy Jo Willie | Kannapolis, North Carolina | 05/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A must see movie, James Earl Jones does and excellent job playing Vernon Johns, a brave,Christian Preacher in Alabama at Dexter Baptist Church. I have seen the movie twice, and would watch it many more times. A film to help us understand our past, and hopefully grow in our future. This movie should be shown again on tv and should have never been taken out of print.
Amy Jo"