To Kill a Mockingbird - In Tribute to Dean Robb

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Director: 
Robert Mulligan
Year: 
1962
Rating: 
Not Rated
Run Time: 
129 mins
Cast: 
Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Brock Peters, Robert Duvall

As part of our annual MLK Day Celebration we're remembering the legacy of one of Michigan's greatest trial lawyers and civil rights activists, our friend and neighbor Dean Robb. Dean is famous for his groundbreaking legal battles, professionalism, and moral integrity.

Dean was a founding member of the first interracial law firm in America, Goodman, Crockett, Eden & Robb and a leading legal figure in the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1960's. He recruited and organized lawyers throughout the country to provide legal support to civil rights demonstrators. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acted as the keynote speaker at the conference Dean organized in Atlanta in 1963. Dean travelled to Danville, Virginia during the Civil Rights Movement to support the legal defense of over 700 non-violent voting rights demonstrators. Dean was the attorney for the family of Viola Liuzzo, a Detroit homemaker who was tragically murdered in 1965 by the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama following the famous march from Selma to Montgomery.

Throughout his career, Dean Robb was an advocate for the bullied, the injured, the voiceless, the marginalized, and the dispossessed. He mentored and inspired young people to "be powerful," "get out of your comfort zone" and "say yes to people in need." 

In addition to remembrances from Dean's family and loved ones, in keeping with the tradition of legal excellence that defined Dean's career, we'll be screening the film adaptation of Harper Lee's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a white Southern lawyer and single father who defends a falsely accused black man.  Join the many families who make an annual trek to the State to watch Gregory Peck steer his children through an eventful summer in their small hometown, as they are exposed to prejudice and evil, courage and compassion.

TCFF Board Member Jeff Daniels is currently playing Atticus Finch in the new Broadway production of "To Kill a Mockingbird."