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DVDs and Videos



Here you can purchase Susheel Bibbs' works -- Hyers and Pleasant Film DVDs and An Unsung Muse -- classical song of black composers as well a booklet on performing the spiritual, which is also on Don't miss Susheel's award-winning book Heritage of Power, which is available in a timely way on

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DVD: MEET MARY PLEASANT (Mother of Civil Rights)--1hr. Award-winning feature documentary. (now showing also on PBS)

Bibbs awardwinning performance documentary, narrated by RUBY DEE, interweaves SUSHEEL BIBBS' renowned performance of Mary Pleasant. It is based on over 20 years of research and on Pleasant's own words. The film interweaves performance, commentary by internationally known scholars, enactments, montages, archival photos and film footage, animation, and period music (including spirituals sung or hummed by Bibbs), to reveal Pleasant's true, colorful story. Seven years in the making, it's not fiction, but rather, the colorful history of abolition, the Underground Railroad, early SF, and civil rights as they surround Pleasant's inspiring story. The film reveals Pleasant's most important civil-rights contribution-- a court battle that changed modern civil-rights law. And it addresses controversies that have too long obscured her life. Read reviews on
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DVD: Bibbs' Award-winning half hour documentary: THE LEGACY OF MARY ELLEN PLEASANT (27min)
This fast-paced half hour won a silver TELLY Award -- the highest one at the time-- It was reissued in 2019. Perfect for an in-school intro to Pleasant, it contains re-enactments and portions of the longer documentary and Bibbs' chautauqua, but focuses primarily on commentary by California scholars and Pleasant's most important civil-rights achievement-- a court battle in the CA State Supreme Court that changed modern-day civil-rights law. It takes a quick look at Pleasant's early life and other civil-rights accomplishments too. -great intro to Pleasant. Use on

DVD: Order THE HYERS SISTERS' DREAM & LEGACY (35 min, $20.00 -- inc. $2 s/h/tax) via Pay Pal or by credit card-- click below: (This film includes and extends Voices for Freedom, the previous Hyers award-winning film). Use Available, but delayed on

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DVD: AN UNSUNG MUSE -- Classical Song of Black Composers,

TV documentary on 200 years of black classical song, featuring acclaimed artists. 40 mins. ($14.95 plus tax, $2 s/h) UPC:887936461675 (c) Bibbs 2019 in HD. Available, but delayed

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Created by Susheel Bibbs with Tumani Onabiyi, this wonderful "performance" documentary celebrates 200 years of concert spirituals and classical song by black composers. History, photos, performances, and archival interviews -- a must for educators and lovers of classical song, perfect for music departments, concert artists, and lovers of the spiritual. Taped in 1991 for KTOP-TV. Available on, but delayed

Performances by sopranos Susheel Bibbs, Helen Dilworth, and Lorene Spain, Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Hilda Harris, tenor William Brown, and bass-baritone David L. Tigner.

Performed works by Roland Hayes, Jacqueline Hairston, Hall Johnson, H.T. Burleigh, Scott Joplin, Undine Smith Moore, Leslie Adams, Margaret Bonds, Noel da Costa, E. Rogie Clark, Anthony Davis. Many other composers are chronicled in the narration.

Interviews with Jacqueline Hairston, Susheel Bibbs, Hilda Harris, Olly Wilson, William Duncan Allen, David Tigner.($14.95). Order via Amazon by June 30.

BOOKLET: The Art of the Spiritual --A Brief Guide to Enhance Performance of the Concert Spiritual ($10.95 plus tax and $2 s/h)

The first of its kind! The wisdom of composers, coaches, and arrangers, who guided Susheel's career in singing the spiritual, compiled to reveal the traditions, performance techniques, and the use of dialect. A must for classical singers who want to perform concert spirituals, choral directors, and others. -guidelines on dialect include IPA symbols. Order here:

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HERITAGE OF POWER ($24.95, plus S/H)

The 6x9 sized Enhanced Edition of Heritage of Power is here!!!

Don't settle for an older version!!

This is the first book to document Pleasant's civil-rights acheivements; it is a biography and a social history in one -- The book tells Pleasant's story using the latest research and explains how a unique religious heritage and a model for social change given by her early mentor, voodoo queen Marie LaVeaux, helped her earn the title, "Mother of Civil Rights in California." Forget the fiction, the old "Mammy" books and what you've read about "Mammy Pleasant," and learn the real story. It's no less exciting, but much more respectful or a very daring person. The book also demystifies the life of LaVeaux and her faith, Vodou, nowthe national religion of Haiti.

The 2012 Enhanced Edition (6x9 size) is the only one to buy on Amazon. Order this edition here: Click here

Note: The older 11 x 8.5 and 8.5x8.5 sized editions (1998, 2011) have been retired from circulation but may appear. DO NOT BUY THEM. You may find older editions used, but the new 6x9 Enhanced Edition is much improved and expanded.

CD: A Retrospective: Susheel Bibbs in Concert Live ($15.95 plus tax, $2 s/h)

Susheel Bibbs in concert LIVE with songs from Bach to Broadway (an artistic retrospective from 1986 to the present).

Here Bibbs' selections on

Live private recording -- Arias, duets, scenes, spirituals, black art song, also selections from musicals. Order here