Monday, March 30, 2015

Vernon, Oklahoma, A Pastor Forgives


As part of the Oklahoma Black Towns project, www.struggleandhope.com, I am helping make short videos about each of the remaining towns, in anticipation of a full-length documentary due in 2016. The latest short video is about the smallest of the remaining towns, Vernon, with a population of about 25, and its charismatic pastor, Anderson Fields, who has amazing stories to tell, and has learned to forgive the past bigotry he had to endure.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boley, The Crown Jewel of America's Historical All-Black Towns


As part of the Struggle and Hope web /documentary project (follow us on Facebook here or Instagram here or watch our short videos on Youtube), on Oklahoma's important but often forgotten historical all-black towns, here is a picture essay on Boley, which still holds an annual Memorial Day parade and rodeo, and was once called "the crown jewel" of America's all-black towns, founded after the Civil War as a place to escape oppression and discrimination.

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