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Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Docu about integrated baseball game in segregated South.

Movie NR 2017 87 minutes
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This documentary packs a huge emotional punch and does its best to demonstrate the price so many have paid for racism in America. Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story shows the progress that's been made, while also reminding us that racism still manifests across the country. Those high points make the film a worthwhile piece of work that all schoolchildren should see.

But the film's execution by director and writer Jon Strong leaves much room for improvement. One man cries in church, but we are given no context nor any reason why. Better editing, better selection of interviews, and the cutting of meandering moments would all do much to make its important message more attractive and accessible to audiences that most need to see it. It takes far too long to get to the movie's important pieces of information -- that the black team ultimately played a white team, that things didn't go that well, that some of the white team members still don't understand how racism affects black people, and that the film ends with an incredibly moving encounter. The encounter offers hope of better race relations, even as proponents of equality both white and black worry that American racism and xenophobia appear to be less hidden and more vocal in recent years. Interviews with Major League Baseball players Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr., Gary Sheffield and with former U.N. ambassador and civil rights leader Andrew Young don't add much to this already-rich narrative. Although boasting their participation may have lent credibility to the project in the fundraising stages, their contributions really do little to help tell this startling story.

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