These New Works:
gala concert for a PBS film
introductory program on The Hyers
of Bibbs' the Award-winning Meet Mary Pleasant Film
1 : HYERS GALA CONCERT & PBS FILM:
The Voices for Freedom Concert
-This will be a public concert, featuring acclaimed singers, narration,
spoken word and wonderful music is planned for San Francisco and
Sacramento. It will produce a CD and DVD.
-As well, Susheel Bibbs' next PBS film -- a documentary on the Hyers
--will use excerpts from this concert.
We need you to help bring this wonderful story to stage and later,
to the screen!
were the Hyers?
=Two sisters from Sacramento and the SF Bay Area--Emma and Anna
Madah, who started as teen-aged opera singers and finished as famous
singer-activists for their people.
=The First black opera singers to succeed in touring the US on the
operatic concert stage
= 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.
They debuted as teens in 1867 and deserve to be known!
=The first to integrate casting on the American music-theater stage!
The Hyers brought humanity and harmony as they gave voice to their
your donation will do
It will help
1) CONCERT: Help produce a public Hyers concert & video taping
at a cost $20,000. The concert will include music performed by acclaimed
aritsts, spoken word, video, visuals, and expert narration by America's
Heartland's Akiba Howard. Our first concert venue partner will be
The Bayview Opera House, the oldest opera house in San Francisco
(1888). -a place where the Hyers might have sung.
2) FILM: Help produce a concert that will be an essential
part of Bibbs' forthcoming one-hour "Voices for Freedom"
documentary on The Hyers Sisters. The film will feature a host (Metropolitan
Opera diva Denyce Graves), narration, concert excerpts, spoken word,
expert commentary, re-enactments, photos, and footage to bring the
Hyers lives and times to life. It will air on PBS. The film is now
sponsored for tax-deductible donations by the San Francisco Film
can you do?
= Donate via the Urbanfunder Website (Info, promo, credit card donations,
tax-deduction link, perks for donations too) --
= Make a tax-deductible gift now here
or by mailing a check--
payable to the San Francisco Film Society. On the check
note write: "for Voices for Freedom.". Address: Attn:
Finance Department of the San Francisco Film Society, Suite 110,
39 Mesa Street. The Presidio. San Francisco, CA, 94129
= View the promo -- The Hyers promo was created from Susheel's
introductory Hyers program to help you experience the Hyers' times
--what they felt and saw:
=Book Dr. Bibbs' new Hyers program -- An Offering in Word and
Song: The Hyers Sisters--Voices for Freedom -- as a fundraiser
or presentation by emailing --email@example.com
This 90 min program is like a live documentary -- Bibbs tells The
Hyers story through word, song, and video and includes guest artists.
impact of our Program, Concert, & Film
The new works will inspire our audiences by showing how our rights,
though easily lost, can be preserved by those who care, and how
those not usually regarded as powerful can make a positive difference
in the quest for human dignity. Today many rights are being challenged.
as they were for the Hyers. Their story can illumine and inspire.
ways to help
Some folks just can’t donate, but that doesn’t mean
they can’t help: Please view the Web site, and pass the word
to your friends and social networks. That means a lot. Thanks so
2: SUPPORT FREE "MEET
MARY PLEASANT" DVD DISTRIBUTION TO SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES:
Have you seen this inspiring, award-winning
film on PBS or purchased the DVD on this site? Give a student or
yourself that inspiration!! Help distribute a winner -- the PBS
DVD to millions and as a gift to California, HBC colleges, and many
national libraries. Awardwinning PBS film, "Meet Mary Pleasant"
(Mother of Civil Rights) -- now extended on PBS to 2014!! Any amount
We need only $15000 more. Give generously, please, to help youth
Meet Mary Pleasant. Check out the trailer below and purchase one
here under the "Our Store" link
Here is the trailer for the film--
online (tax deductible). Select
this link: Donate
to Meet Mary Pleasant
Donate by Mail
(checks to the
San Francisco Film Society . Note on check: "for Meet
Mary Pleasant"), Mailed: Attn: Finance Department of the San
Francisco Film Society, Suite 110, 39
Mesa Street. The Presidio. San Francisco, CA, 94129
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