In 1962, the film version of Harper Lee’s famous book “To Kill a Mockingbird” was released to great acclaim.
The film won three Academy Awards, including a Best Actor nod for Gregory Peck.
At the core of the film, and perhaps its most memorable moment, is a long courtroom monologue from Peck where he discusses the relationship between different races in the United States. (Scroll down to see the clip.)
Peck starred as Atticus Finch, a lawyer who was based on Lee’s own father. He is hired to defend an African American man who is being persecuted for kissing a white woman.
Finch’s closing argument touches on the notion that “all men are created equal” an argument that has resonated with audiences for more than 50 years.
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