Audio documentary "Until Justice Rolls Down: Bill Moore & The Freedom Walkers" goes into development at Rebel Seed Podcasts. The story explores the murder of white civil rights activist Bill Moore in 1963, and to finance the podcast series, the production has aligned with a fiscal sponsor to raise funds through grants and private donations.
In 1963, during the tumultuous civil rights movement, Bill Moore, a white, idealistic postal worker, author, and U.S. Marine veteran, who believed that one person could change the world, set out on a one-man freedom walk from Chattanooga, Tennessee to deliver his own letter, calling for racial harmony, to the Governor of Mississippi. After only three days, Bill Moore was murdered on an isolated country road in Alabama. President Kennedy denounced the killing.
Within one week of the murder, a diverse group of five young white and five young black Freedom Walkers volunteered to finish Moore’s walk. Alabama Governor George Wallace threatened to arrest the men if they entered his state. When the walkers crossed into Alabama, they were arrested and sent to Kilby State prison. Their arrest made the front page of The New York Times.
With the men in jail, the failure of several more attempts, and the environment deemed too dangerous to continue, the freedom walk to deliver Moore’s letter was abruptly suspended. Five months later, a grand jury refused to indict Moore’s suspected killer. Though the case remained open, for all pragmatic purposes, the investigation ended.
In 1989, Bill Moore’s name was etched in the Civil Rights Memorial in Birmingham. Forty-five years after his killing, in 2008, Ellen Johnson, a social justice advocate, having uncovered Moore’s story, and outraged by his murder, committed to finish the ill-fated walk and deliver the letter to the Governor of Mississippi accompanied by the surviving Freedom Walkers.
Interweaving interviews of participants and historians the documentary "Until Justice Rolls Down: Bill Moore & The Freedom Walkers" explores issues still relevant today: inequality, human rights, and the ongoing fight against injustice.
Producer Laura Cross proclaims, “Now is the time to share this story with the world. With so much divisiveness…. the story celebrates the power of one individual to affect change, and recognizes how a diverse group of men and women from different backgrounds, races, religions, experiences and political affiliations can find common ground and join together in respectful unity to accomplish a significant goal.”