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'Booker's Place' to make Ariz. premiere


September 11, 2012

In 2007, Yvette Johnson began a research blog for her Family History Writing class at ASU. Little did she know it would become the basis of a much talked about documentary, "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story," which she co-produced with filmmaker Raymond De Felitta.

After a successful debut at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, "Booker's Place" makes its Arizona premiere at 6 p.m., Sept. 13, at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The film screening is part of ASU's Project Humanities fall series kickoff week of events. The film screening is free and open to the public.

"Booker's Place" explores the life of Johnson's grandfather, Booker Wright, a black restaurant owner who was murdered in his hometown of Greenwood, Miss., in the 1960s, after appearing on NBC in a documentary by Felitta's father, Frank De Felitta, who was reporting on racism in the South.