INDEPENDENT LENS
Man on Fire

Air date: Mon., Dec. 17, 10:00 pm

INDEPENDENT LENS: Man on Fire

 

June 23, 2014: a 79-year-old white Methodist minister named Charles Moore drove to an empty parking lot in his old hometown of Grand Saline, Texas, and set himself on fire. He left a note on his car’s windshield explaining that this act was his final protest against the virulent racism of the community and his country at large. Man on Fire goes back to Grand Saline – population 3,266 – to try to uncover the truth about the town’s ugly past and the fervor for God and justice that drove Moore to his shocking final act.  

 

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