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Early Years of Black Cinema

February 11, 2015 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm EST

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This program will take a look at and discuss some of the earlier Black performers and movies.

“Films featuring Black performers and images at the beginning of the 20th century portrayed African Americans in insulting stereotypes.”  … Jean Speight

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Released on February 8, 1915

Father of African American filmmakers

Also, in the presentation will be Oscar Micheaux, often thought of as the father of African American filmmakers, an independent producer of more than 44 films both silent and talkies. Jean will provide a timeline of these films

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Oscar Devereaux Micheaux (1884-1951)

EVENT SPEAKER: S. Jean Speight
For several years, Historical Society member, S. Jean Speight, has been creating exciting programs for the Society for Black History Month. Mrs. Speight, a retired New Castle teacher, has presented programs locally, throughout Pennsylvania, and in other states. She frequently collaborates with board member, Stephanie Fulena, whom Mrs. Speight refers to as her “tech” person.

Join us on February 11 for this brand new program.


February 11, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST
FREE – Open to the Public
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Lawrence County Historical Society
408 North Jefferson Street
New Castle, PA 16101 United States
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