Movie: Wendell Grimke Freeland

Wendell Grimke Freeland

A Quiet Soldier in the Fight for Civil Rights
Monday, June 17 th 7:00 PM
Alphabet City

40 West North Avenue, PGH, 15212
Q&A with filmmaker Billy Jackson
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Filmmaker: Billy Jackson Year: 2017 Country: USA
Genre: Documentary Length: 43 minutes
Synopsis (Courtesy of Pan African Film Festival paff.org)

Wendell Grimkie Freeland was an important but little known African American leader, civil rights attorney, activist, and Tuskegee Airman who worked quietly but effectively on all of the significant civil rights battles of his time. A powerful advocate for the poor and disenfranchised, Wendell G. Freeland devoted 70 years to fighting injustice wherever he found it – from the age of Jim Crow to the  residency of Barack Obama. He served as Chairman of the Urban League of  Pittsburgh’s Board of Directors and as a Senior Vice President of the National Urban League Board of Trustees. He blazed a trail for racial equality by working largely  behind the scenes in America’s courtrooms, boardrooms, and political backrooms. This is his inspirational story and a significant piece of American history. Filmmaker Billy Jackson will lead the Q&A after the screening.