Black Rockfordians: Their Journey Through the Forest City : an Oral History Project
FDS Pub., 2007 - African Americans - 131 pages
This DVD was made to accompany the book of the same name. Narrated by Rockford native Michelle Williams (formerly of Destiny's Child), it covers the history of African Americans in Rockford, Illinois, starting with Lewis Lemon, the first African American in Rockford. The historical overview includes education, social life, business, churches, newspapers, government, and politics. Many prominent African Americans are interviewed for the film: Charles Box, Venita Hervey, Skip Gilbert, Estelle Black, Sam Gaynor and others. Pat Cunningham, Rockford historian, also appears.
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