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Nate Parker Plays Ben Chavis in ‘Blood Done Sign My Name’

Actor Nate Parker established his place in Hollywood  when he was picked by Denzel Washington to play the role of Henry Lowe in the 2007 film ‘The Great Debate.’  Parker is returning to the big screen as Ben Chavis in ‘Blood Done Sign My Name,’  a civil rights drama based on the novel, by author  Timothy Tyson.

How were you chosen for this role?

Jeb Stuart gave me a call telling me about the film and that he wanted me to take a look a the script.  There were so many community issue that I was fighting for, so this movie was something I wanted to be a part of .

How did you prepare for this role emotionally?

It just reminded me of the stakes; just what we had to lose in a since of who we are.  It fueled my passion to do more and use the platform God’s given me in the film to create a visual encyclopedia for our people.

What should young black men learn from this movie about the civil rights movement?

It is a lot of things that happen and a lot of our leaders and unsung heroes go unnoticed until we make films about it. I entered a platform basically to connect the past with our future. What I want black men to learn about this film in particular is that you don’t have to be old to affect change in the community.
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Actor Nate Parker launched his film
career after being selected by Denzel Washington to play the role of
Henry Lowe, a brooding, but brilliant student in the 2007 film, The
Great Debaters
. Parker is returning to the big screen in an equally
weighty role as Ben Chavis in Blood Done Sign My Name, based on a
true story penned by Timothy B. Tyson about how a racist town in
North Carolina was complicit in setting the murderer of a black man free at the
height of the civil rights struggle. –christian johnson

How were you chosen for this role?

Jeb Stuart [screenwriter, Blood Done
Sign My Name
, Diehard] gave me a call telling me about the film and
that he wanted me to take a look a the script. There were so many
community issues that I was fighting for, so this movie was something
I wanted to be a part of.  

How did the role impact you
personally?

It just reminded me of the stakes; and
what we had to lose in a sense of who we are.  It fueled my
passion to do more and [to] use the platform God’s given me with
the film to create a visual encyclopedia for our people.

What do you hope young black men
learn from this movie? 

What I want black men to learn [from]
this film, in particular, is that you don’t have to be old to
effect change in the community.