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Characters Unite Films

Characters Unite has launched a series of films that address social injustice to use the great power of storytelling to spark dialogue, open minds and inspire progress on important civil and human rights issues.

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THE KING CENTER

Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change ("The King Center") has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century.

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THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Learn more about the history of civil rights with their Civil Rights 101 guide.

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NAACP

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

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IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

Featuring a special introduction by Quincy Jones

In commemoration of Characters Unite Month and Black History Month, USA Network proudly presents the fifth movie in the Characters Unite Film Series to use the power of storytelling to raise awareness of social injustices and inspire more positive change.

"In the Heat of the Night" tells the story of a black police detective (Sidney Poitier) who works together with a white detective (Rod Steiger) on a murder investigation in a racially hostile southern town. Released in 1967, a time when the civil rights movement was just beginning to take hold in our country, the film was groundbreaking for shining a spotlight on racism and the importance of seeing one another as individuals rather than stereotypes.

"In the Heat of the Night" won five Oscars, including Best Picture, and featured a soundtrack composed by Quincy Jones.

Previous Films

Schindler's List

Schindler's List

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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

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To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

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In The Heat Of The Night

In The Heat Of The Night

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