We are raising funds for our new film called The Light of Truth: A Monument For Ida B. Wells. This is a documentary film about the life of Ida B. Wells and the creation of a monument honoring her work designed by renowned sculptor, Richard Hunt. The monument will be installed on the site of the former Ida B. Wells public housing development in Bronzeville, Chicago.
The film will weave together the creation of the monument of Ida B. Wells with her history and the sculptor’s history. At 83, Richard Hunt has been a major figure in American art for decades.
As we see the statue being designed and fabricated, we will learn about Ida B. Wells: from her beginnings born into slavery and growing up in Mississippi after the Civil War, fighting the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad for discriminatory acts, to becoming a journalist and an anti-lynching activist in Memphis. We then follow her as she moved to Chicago during The Columbian Exposition in 1893 where she protested against the Fair with Frederick Douglass and her soon to become husband Ferdinand Barnett. We learn of her important work as a suffragist organizing African American women to vote. Finally, we will see the installation and dedication of the monument for the community in Bronzeville, Chicago.
The requested funds are for production and post production costs: hiring camera operators and a sound person for filming interviews, filming the statue fabrication, filming the monument installation, traveling to The Peace and Justice Museum in Alabama and her home in Memphis Tenn., editing costs: hiring editor, editing suite, purchasing archival stills, sound mixing, and musical score.
The monument means a great deal to the Bronzeville community and to the people of Chicago. It reminds us all that Ida B. Wells, was a trailblazer who fought for truth and justice in a time of inequality. The film will draw parallels to the issues and events of our time. It is our intention to use this film to share her story by showing it throughout the city and on PBS television. Your donations can help make this happen.
Below are links to a short trailer of the film, our website and Facebook Page:
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