Stars from The Help on Mississippi's past
5 October 2011 Last updated at 13:45 BST
Author Kathryn Stockett was rejected by dozens of publishers before her novel, The Help, went on to be a big success in the US.
Now the story about African-American maids working for white families in 1960s Mississippi has been adapted for the big screen.
The film's stars, Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer told BBC Breakfast that Mississippi is still suffering from "echoes of the past".