"Who Is Unita Blackwell?" Documentary Featured on "Cleo Visualizing History"
Updated: Jul 28
Lehmann Film Productions' documentary film "Who Is Unita Blackwell?" is featured on the the history education website Cleo Visualizing History.
"Clio Visualizing History is an education organization founded in 1996 to meet the growing need for innovative history education projects in multiple media platforms. In 2002 Clio changed its corporate structure from a company that provided services and developed projects for clients, to a not-for-profit organization that focuses exclusively on its own American history educational projects. Clio Visualizing History, Inc. does not accept advertising, and we do not receive royalties or other payments when users access the materials displayed on our website." - Cleo Visualizing History Website
The short documentary film "Who Is Unita Blackwell?" is a portrait and tribute to Ms. Blackwell, who was jailed 30 times in her pursuit of a humane existence for African Americans and other non-white people living in a state of injustice and segregation during the turbulence of the 1960s; living to become the first black female Mayor in Mississippi. "Who Is Unita Blackwell?" was made possible through funding by The W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The trailer for "Who Is Unita Blackwell?" is featured as part of "The Ongoing Feminist Revolution: Women in The Civil Rights Movement" which can be viewed HERE.
"Black women in their communities laid the groundwork in the 1940s and 1950s for the civil rights revolution and then worked to translate public victories such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into concrete local results and initiatives. Ella Baker, often identified as the mother of the movement, said it best: 'The movement of the fifties and sixties was carried largely by women.'" - Cleo Visualizing History Website