‘Blood Done Sign My Name’ Has An Amazing Cast

Blood Done Signed My Name - Nate Parker
It’s pretty rare to have the opportunity to profile an entire cast of professional black actors in one film, especially a film about blackness and racial equality.

Blood Done Sign My Name is an extraordinary film based on an autobiogrophical book written by Timothy B. Tyson, the son of a white preacher that tried to bring racial unity to a small southern town. Set in the early 1970s, the film focuses on the murder of Henry Marrow (A.C. Sanford), a black Vietnam veteran killed by three white men who were acquitted for the killing in Oxford, North Carolina. The film also focuses on Professor Ben Chavis (Nate Parker) and his efforts to achieve racial equality and justice through activism.

Here’s a list of all of the actors who stood out in the film. Get to know their names and their faces. They’re going places…real fast!

 

 

 

Nate Parker

Nate Parker

Nate Parker (Had a leading role in The Great Debators, stars in the upcoming epic Red Tails) stars as Dr. Ben Chavis, a powerful force in the civil rights movements who went on to become the head of the NAACP.

Milauna Jemai

Milauna Jemai

Milauna Jemai, (who is relatively unknown, yet starred in several hit television shows such as ‘Without a Trace’ and ‘Lincoln Heights’) stars as Willie Mae Marrow; the heartbroken wife  of slain veteran Henry Marrow. Jemai also stars alongside Anthony Mackie in the upcoming film ‘Bolden.’


AC Sanford

A.C. Sanford

A.C. Sanford plays murdered war vet Henry “Dickie” Marrow.  His portrayal of Dickie is authentic.  Sanford holds B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre in Orlando, Florida.  He has acted in a number of stage productions such as “The Miracle Worker” and “From Sun to Sun.”

 

Afemo Omilami

Afemo Omilami

Veteran actor Afemo Omilami (‘Reaping’ ‘Cold Mountain’ ) stars as Golden Frinks; a controversial activist and notable preacher.  Golden Frinks  lead the first civil rights march in Oxford, North Carolina and staged several other demonstrations in the quest for racial equality and justice.  Omilami does an increidble job at portraying such a radical and multi-deminsional character.

Lela Rochon Fuqua

Lela Rochon – Fuqua

Lela Rochon-Fuqa (‘Waiting to Exhale’) plays Roseanna Allen, an African-American housekeeper caught between racial tension while working for a good white family.


Darrin Henson

Darrin Henson

Darrin Henson (who is well known for his role in the HBO television series ‘Soul Food’) plays activist Eddie McCoy.  In the film, Mccoy turns to violence when the court system fails to deliver justice for Dickie Marrow.  Eddie Mccoy was a key player in the Oxford, North Carolina movement.


Omar Benson Miller

Omar Benson Miller

Omar Benson Miller (who played the affectionate soldier in Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna”) stars as Herman Cozart, a witness of the events which occured during the Oxford, North Carolina  movement.

Gregory Alan Williams

Gregory Alan Williams

Gregory Alan WIlliams plays acclaimed black preacher Dr. Samuel Proctor. The preacher is invited to speak at an all-white congregation in the midst of racial tension. A feat that has never been attempted in the small southern town of Oxford, North Carolina. Gregory Alan Williams is well known for his chacter Garner Ellerbee on the hit series ‘Baywatch.’


Christine Horne

Christine Horn

Christine Horne plays Sister Chavis, the intelligent sister of Ben Chavis.