This award-winning film, based on the book of the same name, follows the story of a 110-year-old black woman's life, from her childhood as a slave in the pre-Civil War South to the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s. Cicely Tyson stars in her most-remembered role alongside Barbara Chaney and Richard Dysart in a film that captures how far Civil Rights have come and how hard people have had to fight for them.
"This 1973 television movie about 110 years of American history as seen through the eyes of a black woman from Louisiana (Cicely Tyson) is a terrific achievement, a window onto racism from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. Tyson gives a career performance as the title character, whose personal life is inextricably woven into the fabric of the African American struggle for equality. A mixture of the sentimental and the unflinching, this is the kind of educational experience that fully engages a viewer." Tom Keogh, Amazon.com Reviews