Prominent Capital City Attorney Moonlights as Movie Star

Oct 13, 2017

Tallahassee was the scene of a major movie premiere Thursday (10/12) night. It happened because one of the film's actors is a rather famous Capital City resident.

Ben Crump (in a 1940s style suit, similar to the one he wore in the film) addresses the crowd at the premiere screening of "Marshall" at Tallahassee's Regal Theaters.
Credit Tom Flanigan

"You're one of us now, Sam," exclaimed actor Chadwick Boseman in the new film. "Haven't you noticed? In the papers they write, 'Sam Freedman and Thurgood Marshall of the NAACP.'"

That's a scene from "Marshall", which portrays the early legal career of Thurgood Marshall who went on to become the first African-American on the U.S. Supreme Court. But perhaps the biggest audience reaction came towards the end when a familiar figure appeared on the screen. It was Tallahassee civil rights attorney Ben Crump who had a brief cameo in the movie and had a discussion with the audience after the lights came up.

"What the 14th Amendment stands for is due process of the law; the fair administration of justice and we don't want anything special, we just want for our children what everybody else wants for their children that the Constitution will benefit us too and that's why I fight so hard," he told the packed theater audience that included some of the community's most recognized jurists and other leaders.

"Marshall" opens nationwide October 13th.