Support 2 new projects by Susheel Bibbs. Paypal buttons and what you can do are below:
Project 1: Expand the award-winning Hyers' Documentary on PBS to an hour and help us distribute the current film:
half-hour film now on PBS and on DVD entitled Voices for Freedom, The Hyers Sisters' Legacy has won 8 awards. Get the DVD on the Hyers Web site or see the trailer at
film is co-sponsored by The Living Heritage Foundation, so donations to expand it are tax deductible.
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send a check
Make it payable to The Living Heritage Foundation, with a note on
the check that says, "Hyers Film."
123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento, CA 95838
to know more about the Hyers? Read on
Anna and Emma Hyers were two sisters from Sacramento who,in 1871, became
the first African-American women to succeed before mainstream audiences
as touring concert-opera artists. Later they contributed to human
rights by creating the first "American" musicals. These
opposed the denigrating imaging of their people by blackface minstrels.
They were the first to employ black
leading characters and natural casting in American Music
And, they did it all in the turbulent 1870's and 80's -- a time
of terror for black people that encreased the horror of nightriders and rampant lynching.
Anna and Emma began as teens who studied opera in the San Francisco
Bay area around the time of the 1860's civil rights movement across
the land (yes, 1860's!). By 1873, they were nationally acclaimed
touring opera stars, but by 1876, they had become singer-activists
who protected the dignity of their people through their new, groundbreaking
musicals, which were beloved by both black and white audiences.
Here's why we need to celebrate them. <b>Anna and Emma Hyers were</b> --
= The first to form a successful comic opera troupe (called one
of the best in the US)
= The first troupe to chronicle the black experience from slavery
to freedom in no fewer than seven original musicals
= The first to sustain employment of black singers, actors, and
dancers who did not wish to be defined by minstrelsy in the dark
days of lynchings, oppression, and the KKK that followed Reconstruction.
=The first to hire and present black leading players before mainstream
audiences under top management
=The first to integrate casting in US music theater!!
=The first to use "the spiritual" as a major element of
the musical. The list goes on!
We all deserve to know them! The Hyers brought humanity and harmony
as they gave voice to their people's dignity to offset the ridicule
and impressions given by touring black-faced minstrels.
impact of our work
Our new film has won 8 international awards including the coveted Telly Award. The film is touring with screenings. It inspires audience members to achieve their dreams and to
carry forward the dreams of those who came before them. Our rights,
though easily lost, can be preserved through the talents and courage
of those who care, and each of us, even if not usually regarded
as powerful, can make a positive difference in the quest for human
dignity and civil rights.
Today many rights are being challenged
and eroded as they were in the Hyers' day. So, their story will
illumine challenges of both yesterday and today and inspire us all
to climb higher -- to use our talents for social betterment.
You will help us do more -- Raising this winning short doc to
a one-hour FEATURE Documentary will bring forth even more inspiring informaton:
We will call it "Voices for Freedom -- The Hyers Sisters Dream, Change, and Legacy" and get it to PBS in Fall 2020, just when the shorter one is going to expire.
your gift will do?
We have only to edit what we have already taped The longer film will still feature super-star Denyce Graves, our celebrity host, narration, concert excerpts with renowned artists: Robert Sims, Tichina Vaughn, Hope Briggs,
and more; great spoken word hip hop-world-music artist WolfHawkJaguar's
insightful commentary accompanied by master drummer Pope Flyne, but it will have even more background and inspiration -- re-enactments and music of folk that inspired the Hyers, and more personal detail about the Sisters
and their impact.Help us get there soon!
mail a check:
Use the Paypal form above or make out a check payable to The Living Heritage Foundation, with a note
on the check or Paypal that says, "Hyers Film."
123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento, CA 95838
things you can do
Book Bibbs' program at firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Book Susheel's exciting, new Hyers brief lecture and screening: The Hyers Sisters (Voices for Freedom) -- An Offering in Word
and Song and then the film. This 20 min lecture-performance, is like a mini
documentary -- Bibbs gives background not yet int he film about the Hyers' story through word, song,
visuals, and video and can include a guest artist live or on film.
She answers questions about the Hyers Sisters and the film after the screening.
Here's a sample Feb 2019 presentation: https://my.californiahistoricalsociety.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=1486
2) Pass the word and recommend this site and film to your friends by posting Hyers site -- www.TheHyersSisters.com on FACEBOOK, Twitter, and on other social network.
3) Buy the DVD at www.TheHyersSisters.com
2: SUPPORT FREE "MEET
MARY PLEASANT" DVD DISTRIBUTION TO SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES:
Have you seen Susheel's inspiring, award-winning
film on PBS or purchased the DVD Meet Mary Pleasant (Mother of Civil Rights in California)on AMAZON.com? Give a student or
others that inspiration!! Help distribute a winner -- this PBS
DVD has already gone to millions and as a gift to family it is special. We want also to send it to HBC colleges, University Libraries, and many
national libraries. Awardwinning PBS film, "Meet Mary Pleasant"
(Mother of Civil Rights...) -- now extended on PBS to Fall 2020!! Any amount
We need raise only $3000 more. Give generously, please, to help youth and others
Meet Mary Pleasant.
Want to know more about Pleasant?
Paste in this url to a segment on Mary Pleasant's life by Susheel Bibbs on KVIE-TV, Sacramento PBS:
online (tax deductible too).
Just use the Paypal link above, but place the letters MEP in the note line of the donation, or sent a check to the address above form
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!