Deacons for Defense (film)

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Deacons for Defense
Written by Michael D'Antonio (story)
Richard Wesley (teleplay)
Frank Military (teleplay)
Directed by Bill Duke
Starring Forest Whitaker
Christopher Britton
Ossie Davis
Jonathan Silverman
Adam Weiner
Marcus Johnson
Theme music composer Michel Colombier
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Robert Rehme
Editor(s) Harry Keramidas (editor)
David Rosenberg (assistant editor)
Running time 95 minutes
Original release
  • 2003 (2003)

Deacons for Defense is a 2003 American television drama film directed by Bill Duke. The television film stars; Forest Whitaker, Christopher Britton, Ossie Davis, Jonathan Silverman, Adam Weiner, and Marcus Johnson.

It is loosely based on the true story of the Deacons for Defense and Justice, an African-American militia that was formed in 1964 to protect activists working with the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE), as well as others working with the Civil Rights Movement.


Marcus organizes an all-black group dedicated to patrolling the black section of town and protecting the aspects of "white backlash".

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