By Jason Apuzzo & Govindini Murty
New Film Praises Republicans’ Role in Civil Rights Movement In a heartening sign of how independent filmmaking – if not mainstream Hollywood – is changing, more and more conservatives are entering filmmaking to portray subjects long neglected by the film industry.
Nina May and Tricia Erickson’s inspiring new film “Emancipation, Revelation, Revolution” is one such documentary that portrays the foundational role of the Republican Party in ending slavery and supporting the Civil Rights movement. The film argues that the Republican Party was created to end slavery. Major legal reforms and acts of legislation passed to give black Americans the vote; and full civil rights, equal to whites, were created and passed by Republican legislators.
The movie also follows the fascinating story of how every black American elected to Congress immediately after the Civil War was a Republican, how President Eisenhower signed into law some of the 20th century’s most important civil rights reforms, and how most black Americans up until the 1960s were Republicans.
Black Americans today are not usually given this information about their own history.
Why? In large part to protect a ‘civil rights’ establishment that is beholden to the Democratic Party and that is committed to keeping black Americans on the liberal ‘plantation.’
The film features interviews with conservative black intellectuals and activists like Shelby Steele, Deroy Murdock, Armstrong Williams, Niger Innis (CORE), Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Mason Weaver and Star Parker. It also features inteviews with Alveda King – the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King – and Gloria Jackson, a descendant of Booker T. Washington.
We’re proud to host the premiere of “Emancipation, Revelation, Revolution” at the upcoming Liberty Film Festival in West Hollywood, October 21-23, 2005. There will be a special introduction of the film at the festival by noted conservative black activist Ted Hayes (a well-known and well-loved figure in LA conservative circles) and a Q & A with the filmmakers afterward.