Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Feb 1, 2008
This one-hour, award winning documentary, narrated by renowned actress Ruby Dee (Roots, American Gangster), reveals the daring story and impact of 19Th-century African-American activist-pioneer Mary Ellen Pleasant, now known as the Mother of Civil Rights in California. Using new research, a live one-woman performance based on Pleasant's own words, re-enactments, montage, period music and photos, and scholarly commentary, Bibbs uniquely brings Pleasant's story and achievements to life while reveals, for the first time how Pleasant's great court battle changed modern-day civil rights law.
Cast : Mary Pleasant: Susheel Bibbs Narrator: SAG award winning actress Ruby Dee Atty. George Tyler: Mark Standriff Horseman: Ray Tatar
Festival Awards Best Historical Documentary 2007 -- New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Best Documentary (Peace Reel Medallion) -- Berkeley Film and Video Festival
Two versions of the show on DVD are now available at www.mepleasant.com 1) The educator's (short) version for $19.95 (41:28 min) and 2) The PBS version (56:46 min) at $24.95 (plus bonus interview material)