Hadley is hoping the movie will reinvigorate interest in Robinson. Kids around these parts need that kind of towering figure to inspire them.
Cairo has about 10,000 people; 48% are black. The average household income here is $28,755. Many kids are growing up in single-parent homes.
"I'm hoping this movie can show them they can make it," Hadley said.
The timing of the movie coincided with another effort by the city of Cairo, one of the first not initiated by Walden. This year, the city renamed its Boys and Girls Club after Jackie Robinson, and there's now a ball field in his honor at Holder Park, where the club is located.
On a Wednesday afternoon, the club fills up right after school gets out. Some of the kids are only 6. Others are about to enter high school. They do homework in a room called "Breaking Barriers" before they run outside to play.
Charles Renaud, 49, one of the club's founders and a former county commissioner, said the movie served as a catalyst but that the effort to rename the club had been in the making for a long time.
He believes there's no use in dwelling in the past. Just embrace the present.
"Make no mistake about it. We have issues," he said. "But let's learn from the past and move forward. Let's pick a greater good and work for the kids."
He acknowledged Walden's longtime campaign to honor Robinson. The Boys and Girls Club, he said, brings new perspective.
"Give me six years, when our kids start going through the system," he said. "There will be a child who will say the Jackie Robinson Boys and Girls Club kept them out of trouble."
Last month, Robinson's daughter Sharon joined her relatives Walden and Hadley for a gala event in Cairo to raise money for the club.
Pamela Grigg, director of the downtown library who also served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club, said the dinner was a huge deal for Cairo. She could tell that some people there felt some embarrassment that it had taken so long for the community to come together behind Jackie Robinson.
County Commissioner T.D. David said he'd never seen so many people join together for a community purpose.
"It's proper recognition that's come very late," he said, "but it's very sincere."
Walden said she hopes the community is finally coming around.
"In the end it's not about me. It's not about Jackie. It's about what they had in their hearts."
Lehman, the attorney, said Robinson's name will shine in Cairo. Even among people whose grandparents might have once run Robinson out of town.