February 28, 2000 12:00 PM

TNT (Sun., Feb. 27, 7 p.m. ET)

Show of the week

In Mississippi around 1950, a racist punk forces a proud black man (Danny Glover) to spank his small son for entering a whites-only eating establishment. The boy grows into a teenager (The Hurricane’s Vicellous Reon Shannon) still shamed and angered by that memory. But how can he fight the power without violence? In 1961, a soft-spoken civil-rights worker (Vondie Curtis Hall) helps show him the way.

Freedom Song, directed and cowritten by Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams), gets us emotionally involved with these characters while delivering a valuable history lesson on the work of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). It grows a bit preachy near the end, but it speaks the truth.

Bottom Line: Does right by the subject

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