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They were defiant. They were determined. They were not going down without a fight. With the whole world watching, these men stood up to the Ku Klux Klan and changed their lives, their town, and their country forever . . . the moving, inspirational, and passionate fact-based story of victory over evil, Deacons For Defense focuses on a group of brave men who rise up against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1960s. Forrest Whitaker gives an outstanding performance as the hard-working man who, out of necessity, forms a black militia group along with his friends, which become a focal point during the dawn of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.