Born black and poor, the odds were against Mitchell Dove. Overcoming his environment, Dove earned a place among the corporate elite. His murder in New Orleans sends a shockwave throughout Black communities around the country. Phil Dennison, a black law professor, agrees to defend the white man on trial for killing Dove, the first African American to rise to corporate president in the oil industry. More
The odds were against Mitchell Dove. With guidance and encouragement from responsible parents, he worked hard in school, overcame his environment, and eventually earned a place among the elite of the corporate world. There was just one problem… Mitchell Dove was born black and poor.
When Dove is murdered and dismembered in New Orleans in March 2000, his vicious killing tears open far-too-recent wounds and sends a shockwave throughout Black communities across the United States. Phil Dennison, a black law professor, agrees to defend the white man on trial for killing Dove, the first African American to rise to corporate president in the oil industry.
Trying to save the murderer John Robert Holloway, Dennison finds himself the focus of national attention. Stuck between the law and his community, he is unable to reveal the true motive for his actions until precisely the right moment. Friends, family, civil rights leaders and progressive politicians question his sanity and fidelity to his race.
Aided by his fiancé, federal prosecutor Alicia Bloom, they seize this historic opportunity to truly and finally give real teeth to the country’s hate crime laws.