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'The Watsons Go to Birmingham's' Anika Noni Rose and David Alan Grier revist 1960s segregation

In a summer fraught with hate and strife, the Watsons reacted with love and kindness. They were but one family, and a fictional one at that.

But the Newbery Medal-winning book "The Watsons Go to Birmingham," perfectly captures the drama of the civil rights movement. And Hallmark Channel perfectly captures Christopher Paul Curtis' book in its Friday, Sept. 20, movie.

"The real heartbeat of this movie is love," says Anika Noni Rose ("Dreamgirls," "The Good Wife"). "This family loves each other so hard."

"Wilona loves her husband enough to leave her central unit, her family, and go someplace she does not know or understand," Rose tells Zap2it of her character. "She loves her children enough to uproot them and bring them to another place, which is almost another time."

Using period cars and costumes, director Kenny Leon focuses on the huge issues through the filter of a family. Set in 1963, this opens in Flint,

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