The investigation of a murder that took place 50 years ago uncovers an untold story of the civil rights movement and Black resistance to racist violence. “American Reckoning” is produced in collaboration with PBS Frontline.

The Bombing

After civil rights leader George Metcalfe was severely injured in a car bombing, the Black community in Natchez, Miss., organized their response.

Black Resistance

In the face of threats from the Ku Klux Klan, a group known as the Deacons for Defense helped to protect the Black community.

The Boycott

The N.A.A.C.P. of Natchez, Miss., issued 12 demands for racial justice and organized a boycott of area businesses.

The Legacy

In 1967, N.A.A.C.P. official Wharlest Jackson was killed in a car bombing. Nearly 60 years later, his family is still looking for answers.