A Lesson Before Dying
A young black man, Jefferson, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Convicted for the murder of a man in a robbery gone awry, he listened to the defense attorney call him "so simple that he was a hog, not a man." His godmother, who was at the sentencing, appealed to the Grant Wiggins, local schoolteacher, to grant him one wish - to make Jefferson a man before he went to the gallows.
Set in the Civil Rights era in Bayonne, Louisiana.