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Take a Giant Step (1959)

Estelle Hemsley as "Grandma "Gram" Martin"

After African-American teenager Spence Scott (Johnny Nash) gets expelled from his private school for arguing with a teacher, he turns to his grandmother (Estelle Hemsley) for advice. Spence, who lives in a genteel white area and has mostly white friends, feels like an outsider. He visits a bar in a black neighborhood, where he meets a few prostitutes, which doesn't help. Eventually, Spence starts a friendship with the housekeeper, Christine (Ruby Dee), who tells him her own difficult story.

Golden Globe (1959) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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