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Note: The Mary Ellen Pleasant email for bookings: mepleasant1@YAHOO.com
is now celebrating the Mary Pleasant with a new tour!
Proceeds witll help distribute MEET MARY PLEASANT, the DVD, to schools and libraries free of charge -- Meet Mary Pleasant in an acclaimed one-woman enactment by Susheel Bibbs, fully researched
and presented often in Pleasant's own words
Mary Pleasant actually gave three years of birth, but many are monuments in accordance with her 1902 biographical
release, and so Bibbs' Mary Pleasant PBS film and acclaimed Chautauquas clarify this and many other facts about her. Her shows are
are on the move! Read about them below.
These can also become fundraisers for her film expansion. Book yours now at firstname.lastname@example.org
o One-woman Enactment: Meet Mary Pleasant --Bibbs' acclaimed live
enactment (chautauqua) on Pleasant in Pleasant's own words. Landmark
historical research in an inspiring form (see article below)
o Musical Version: O Freedom! -- her rousing and uplifting full musical! Bibbs
sings and becomes Pleasant with guest artists.
o Film Screenings: Meet Mary Pleasant (Mother of Civil Rights) --
The awardwinning PBS films. Bibbs can introduce and answer questions
as well. (26 and 57 min versions)
Works on Bibbs and Mary Ellen Pleasant
You can book these programs via email@example.com
=See the article from Sonoma News (entertainment section) in praise
of Bibbs' Meet Mary Pleasant dramatic enactment (chautauqua)-- Click
CHAUTAUQUA ARTICLE or Copy this address into your browser:
See Bibbs' great segment on Mary Pleasant --
=KVIE-TV did a great segment on Pleasant, featuring Susheel
Place this link in your browser:
new DVD on 200 years of black classical song and the booklet on the spiritual
Susheel just won the first Willis Patterson award for research for the work underlying this great program (40 min), great for the classroom. Go
to the "shop" tab on this site. The
DVD features internatinally acclaimed artists, historical narration,
montage and interviews with composers and artists. Susheel's
booklet on the Spiritual is the first booklet to use IPA and to explain
dialect and cultural traditions in singing the spiritual
Hear excerpts from Susheel's former, live concerts on YouTube:
Hear wonderful works of California, John Carter's Cantata of spirituals,
Exsultae Jubilate, and more. If you remember these wonderful performances,
you'll want to check this out. (1986-98). just search Susheel Bibbs,
soprano on YouTube
was in Honolulu January 10-13, June 2012 and Jan. 6-7, 2014 for the
Hawaii International Conference on the Social Sciences and Arts and
Humanities. It was a success! Watch for the new appearance
in the conference on the Arts and Humanities under "Schedule."
An indexed, revised Edition of Heritage
of Power is here!!!
the 2011 enhanced 6x9 edition or get it via Kindle.
The expanded & updated edition is smaller in dimensions to fit better on a shelf, but has much
new material and new illustrations plus an index and a larger bibliography
--It's a major revision of this important work! (the 6x9 format: 188 pages )
Purchase the book or film DVD ON Amazon.com or in New Orleans at Voodoo Authentica (612 Dumaine St.). See it free at Julia Davis Branch
Library, St. Louis, and at these libraries: Sacramento State, Bancroft at U.C. Berkeley, AAMLO in Oakland, and The San Francisco Main Library History Center. Help us give out more copies of the film and book to schools and libraries.
Help us distribute our award-winning film Meet Mary Pleasant (Mother
of Civil Rights in CA) to schools colleges and libraries and restore the Pleasant memorial in San Francisco.
See the film tab for a donations link.
FAX MEP Productions has a new fax
(Fax store PO's)
New Edition of Heritage of Power is here!!! Order now
on this site -- same price, new information and index! Greatly expanded
and sized to fit on your bookshelf. Order now; allow for a late June
delivery and appearance on Amazon.com.
MEP grave marker
dedicated -- 6-11-11 at 11:30 am at Napa's Tulocay Cemetery. We did
it! A beautiful new stone will now grace the grave of Mary Ellen Pleasant.
Thanks to all who made it possible!
-- MAY 7. 2011, 2PM -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brings Pleasant Back to the Bay Area!
Run through May 7
San Leandro Library
Mary Lee Barr, (510) 577-3971
Soprano, actress, and filmmaker Susheel Bibbs is well-known for
her enactment of Mary Ellen Pleasant, Mother of Civil Rights in California,
but the Bay Area has not seen this acclaimed program for several years.
On May 7 at 2 pm Bibbs will once again put on the Pleasant mantle
to bring this daring woman to life for Bay Area audiences -- this
time at the San Leandro Library, 300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro, CA
94577. The one-woman show, called a chautauqua, is entitled Meet Mary
Pleasant and is free to the public.
In this colorful three-part drama, Bibbs plays Pleasant in a monologue
based on Pleasant's own words, then answers questions in character.
After a quick change, she then appears as herself to answer the audience's
questions. Says Dr. Bibbs, "It's fun, participatory history,
designed for adults and teens." This is the same presentation
that is excerpted in Bibbs' award-winning PBS film on Pleasant --
Meet Mary Pleasant, Mother of Civil Rights, but it has not been featured
in the Bay Area since the films were released on PBS.
Mary Ellen Pleasant’s dramatic life encompassed slavery, abolition,
the gold rush and the Civil War. She helped shaped early San Francisco
and amassed a joint fortune once assessed at $30 million dollars!
Pleasant assisted the abolitionist John Brown and is remembered in
a San Francisco memorial as the Mother of Civil Rights in California.
Dr. Susheel Bibbs, for many years a lecturer at UC Berkeley, holds
a Ph.D. in Communications and is an award-winning independent filmmaker.
For more on Dr. Bibbs' films, on Pleasant, and on this event, see
www.mepleasant.com, or call the Main Library’s Information Desk
at (510) 577-3971
Online flyer link: http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/library/news/details.asp?NewsID=212&TargetID=22
More to come!!
MEET MARY PLEASANT (Mother of Civil Rights) has now been broadcast
on 44% of all PBS stations and in Canada (2008-2010) and won a 2010
Gold Kahuna Award for Filmmaking Excellence from the Honolulu International
Film Festival. Why not give a copy as a gift or donate a copy to a
library or school?
This year's version contains bonus material! (click the SHOP tab)
Nov. 1, 3 pm, 2009
Screening of MEET MARY PLEASANT and talk by Susheel Bibbs: Holiday
Inn Express, Elk Grove, CA (near Sacramento off Hwy 99) -- See Schedule
for more detail. DVD's and books will be on sale.
MEET MARY PLEASANT IS
GETTING RAVE REVIEWS -- NOW ON DVD.
TAKE A LOOK --
MEET MARY PLEASANT
NOW ON DVD and on AMAZON.COM !! -new low pricing
Visit the store to order your copy of MEET MARY PLEASANT without bonus
material for only $19.95. Soon the film will also be available on
Amazon.com for On-demand purchase and digital download. Look for it.
Oh, and if you like the film, please write a "sterling"
review on the Amazon site. Thanks!
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film without bonus material
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resumed LIVE Chautauquas! BOOK NOW
Did you catch this one? Feb. 18 at San Diego City College -- Saville
Theatre, 11:10 am, San Diego contact: Julie
Kitterman-- firstname.lastname@example.org. To book your chautauqua,
SCREEN THE FILM at
your school, college, or organization event
Susheel Bibbs is currently touring with the film followed by a special
Q & A. Other events can be scheduled around the screening as well:
a PowerPoint lecture, traveling exhibit, and chautauqua "how
to" workshop. To schedule a screening for your College, Museum,
or organization, email email@example.com
OLD NEWS -- STILL GOOD!
MEET MARY PLEASANT
now on PBS nationally once again this year. Have your local station
WHY NOT GET THE NOTES?
Don't forget, scholars notes and bibliography are available
for Bibbs' social history on Pleasant -- Heritage of Power --by emailing
Bibbs wins best director award!
On June 25 Dr. Bibbs received top directing honors -- BEST DIRECTOR
OF A DOCUMENTARY (of any type) at the awards ceremony held by New
York International Independent Video and Film Festival. -a special
MEET MARY PLEASANT is an HBFF Finalist
The film was an official finalist at the "Sundance of black film"
--The Hollywood Black Film Festival in Beverly Hills, June 08.
MEET MARY PLEASANT screens at Cannes!
ITN Distribution took MEET MARY PLEASANT to screen in May 08 at the
renowned Cannes Film Festival (Marche du Film) in France -- one of
only five of their hundreds of films on sale there. Dr. Bibbs was
on hand and the film was well received.
MEET MARY PLEASANT screens at the African
Marketplace in LA!
Follow up from the Cannes screening has placed the film in the "Cinema
After Dark Showcase" outdoors at the AFRICAN MARKETPLACE AND
CULTURAL FAIRE held in LA August between Aug 16 and Sept. 1. Check
the screening time on their site after Aug. 1 at www.africanmarketplace.org/event.htm
AfricanMarketplace Amphitheatre, 8:15pm each nightFirst AME Church
and The African American Museum in LA will be community sponsors --
more to come
In St. Louis. KETC-TV teamed up with the Missouri History Museum
to present a public screening and an airing of MEET MARY PLEASANT.
The FREE screening was June 12, 7 pm. at the MO History Museum; Susheel
was there, and a fine audience showed! The film then aired on KETC-TV
(Ch. 9) on Sunday, July 6 at 9:30pm. Great event.
MEET MARY PLEASANT now on PBS nationally
(distributor, NETA ) --The film is airing all over the
country on PBS. Check local listings for times. If you don't see it,
ask your local PBS-station programming director to carry it. Here
are some CA upcoming air dates - (one hour)
- MEET MARY PLEASANT Wins Two Film Festival
MEET MARY PLEASANT, the performance documentary on Mary Ellen Pleasant
by Susheel Bibbs, screened in two well-known film festivals this Fall.
There are two versions of this TV documentary -- the Educator's version
(41:28 min.) and the TV version for PBS (56:46 min.) both won separate
awards. The PBS (long) version won BEST HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY in
their LA (Hollywood) venue where it screened in The New York International
Independent Film Festival (LA).
The short version won BEST OF FESTIVAL (Peace Reel Medallion) DOCUMENTARY
in The Berkeley Film and Video Festival, Berkeley, CA. Kudos to technical
and production professionals who helped Dr. Bibbs create these works
Three Versions of the film available
on this site
Dr. Bibbs acclaimed performance as Pleasant (based
on Pleasant's own words) has been interwoven into three TV performance
documentaries that reveal Pleasant's story and her most important
No. 1 is the one-hour version PBS version
with or without bonus interviews -- MEET MARY PLEASANT (Mother of
Civil Rights in CA) $24.95 or $19.95. Take a look at our store. -narrated
by award-winning actress Ruby Dee.
-Film only, click here or visit our shop: The
film without bonus material
-Bonus interview version includes ideas from Louis
DeCaro, Jr., Jean Libby, Mama Lola, Gwen Robinson, and others. Click
No. 2 is a 41-minute version for teachers
($19.95), called MEET MARY PLEASANT and also narrated by award-winning
actress Ruby Dee. It employs East Coast, West Coast, and Canadian
history and scholars as they pertain to Pleasant's story and puts
it all in context -- abolition, Underground Railroad, Civil Rights,
her precedent-setting court battle. Order this one on this site under
No. 3 is a 26:46 min.version ($14.95) called
THE LEGACY OF MARY ELLEN PLEASANT, narrated by Akiba Howard. Created
for Viewfinder, a Sacramento PBS series, it is fast-paced
look at Pleasant that focuses primarily on her great court battle
in Sacramento, which altered modern-day civil rights-- includes only
California scholars. Order this one on this site under "our shop"
M.E.P. Archive --Scholars take note
three-DVD archive on Pleasant documents and gives context for Dr.
Bibbs work and chautauqua and features documentary evidence, commentary
by noted scholars of the US and Canada, photos, and sequences on areas
of controversy surrounding Pleasant's life. Visit AAMLO, TheAfrican
American Museum and Library, 659 14th St. Oakland, CA to view and
Mary Pleasant's gravesite at Tulocay Cemetery in Napa, CA, is now
part of the National Parks Service's Network-to- Freedom Program.
trees at Bush and Octavia Streets, San Francisco, are now becoming
San Francisco landmarks.
Susheel is now
booking her one-woman presentations of Pleasant's life for 2007-2008--
bookings--dates still available.
Bibbs' new book, which will solve the mysteries of Pleasant's life
is slated for 2009! Watch for it.
offers master classes on the spiritual
Susheel was one of the first people honored with a Spirituals
Heritage Keepers Award by the Friends
of Negro Spirituals of Oakland, CA. The award ceremony has now become
an annual event. Currently Susheel is in demand for masterclasses
on the spiritual and has just presented in Hawaii. She now has a booklet
available on performing the spiritual. Send for a copy
For more information on the awards, contact: Sam Edwards -- firstname.lastname@example.org----
To book or get information about the chautauqua programs or exhibit
here, or for any other inquiries just email us at email@example.com