Highly acclaimed civil rights attorney Ben Crump takes on a new role as a producer for the impactful documentary How to Sue the Klan. Set to be screened during Black History Month, the film highlights the courageous endeavors of five Black women who confronted the Ku Klux Klan in a groundbreaking 1982 civil trial, ultimately emerging victorious.


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Following a racially motivated mass shooting in Chattanooga, the women utilized the little-known Civil War-era Ku Klux Klan Act, securing a triumph that remains a model in the battle against racial violence today. How to Sue the Klan explores the use of legal strategies to combat such violence, focusing on a landmark trial that set a precedent, hitting the Klan where it hurt the most: in their bank accounts.

“‘How to Sue the Klan tells the grueling story of the brave women of the Chattanooga Five in their fight against injustice,” said Crump. “The film’s plot mirrors our modern times, as we still battle the ugly face of racism in our country with civil action. I am honored to be part of the outstanding team that made this film come to life and look forward to sharing it with the world.”

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The documentary delves into the aftermath of the trial, the enduring legacy of the women who fought for justice, and the ongoing relevance of the Ku Klux Klan Act in today’s fight against organized hate. Crump’s involvement adds significance to the project, following his impactful work in the Netflix documentary “Civil,” where he fought for justice for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Black farmers. How to Sue the Klan serves as a powerful call to action for attorneys and advocates to utilize civil rights tools, emphasizing the continued importance of the Ku Klux Klan Act in pursuing justice. The film is directed by Emmy®-nominated filmmaker John Beder, who is also a resident of Chattanooga.

Showings of “How to Sue the Klan” are set to take place throughout Black History Month and beyond, and several events have already been scheduled:

February 9: 6:00 pm ET, Chattanooga Premiere at the Walker Theater in Chattanooga, Tenn.

February 10: 4:00 pm PT, Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, Calif.

February 11: 1:15 pm PT, Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, Calif.

February 17: 4:00 pm ET, Chattanooga Downtown Library in Chattanooga, Tenn.

February 26: 6:00 pm ET, New York University in New York, N.Y.

February 27: 6:00 pm ET, Pace University in White Plains, N.Y. 

February 29: 12:30 pm ET, Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

February 29: 6:00 pm ET, Boston University in Boston, Mass.