The Moth: "Poitier and Brando: Mississippi 1964"

The Moth is a non-for-profit story telling organization that was founded in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green. Today, The Moth conducts six ongoing programs and has brought more than 3,000 live stories to over 100,000 audience members. Every Monday, a new free podcast can be downloaded through itunes. The stories are always hilarious, poignant and memorable tales.

This week’s podcast is a story told by Bob Zellner, the author of The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement. The story is called “Poitier and Brando: Mississippi 1964”. Zellner recounts his years as a civil rights activist and his experiences with Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando, and Harry Belafonte. It’s a great story and you can listen to the story here.

Zellner’s memoir is being adapted into a film to be directed by Spike Lee.