"Our Aunt J"


For 125 years, people stared at that face on the Aunt Jemima box and thought it was just a black woman. Did any of you know who she was? Did you know she was born a slave? Did you know where she was born? Some of you didn’t even know that she had a name. For those of you who knew and those who didn’t, follow us so we can share her life story and how she came to be the first face of Aunt Jemima Pancakes.


Nancy Green is a woman. She is a woman like any other woman, but her legacy separates her from everyone else. She will no doubt be celebrated or criticized for being Aunt Jemima. Some will argue that being legendary as a mammy is not what a black woman should represent. Or you may be of the mindset that having a black woman as a spokesperson broke barriers. Were barriers broken? Did anything change because of Nancy Green? Did she have any idea what she was doing when she put that headscarf on?


What is an icon? Is Nancy Green an icon? As you read this, we’d like you to wonder about what you’d like to learn from this documentary. Do you have a box of Aunt Jemima pancake in your house right now? Although the face has changed over the years, it is still the same product.  The price has certainly changed. It makes you think how much money was lot of money in the 1800’s and 1900’s, and if she was paid what she deserved or even a minimum wage at the time. We know based on research that Nancy Green gave back to her community. No doubt she has been and will be spoken about, but in what context - being Aunt Jemima or in how she should be respected as the advertising world's first living trademark?


What is history? Who decides your place in history? Or is history just history? Nancy Green deserves to be written in the history books. Ms. Green’s story would start with her birth in 1834, and her appearance at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, that appearance where thousands of pancake orders came from. It should also be mentioned that Nancy Green invented the recipe for the pancakes. Or did she? Who knows? Regardless, she led an historic life, leaving behind a meaningful legacy, some say she is a historical icon, and moreover, she is a part of history.

We would appreciate any donation possible towards our efforts in bringing this documentary to life and onto your screen. On behalf of the producers of “Our Aunt J” The Nancy Green Documentary
We Thank You.


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Special Thanks credit in “Our Aunt J” Documentary.

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“Our Aunt J” T-Shirt

$250 - “Our Aunt J” T-Shirt, pen, key chain, poster or postcard of the Documentary DVD cover and DVD copy of “Our Aunt J”

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$1000 - Access to the New York City screening and first questions during the Q & A, DVD copy of ‘Our Aunt J”, Sponsor credit in the movie and all of the above.

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Kelvin Kinte
Honolulu, HI
Culpepper Derek
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Marc Mills
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