Courtesy Holdredge Collection, San Francisco Library History Center, San Francisco Public Library

 

Please Support These New Works:

=Bibbs' forthcoming Hyers PBS film

=Bibbs' touring program on The Hyers Sisters

= Bibbs' award-winning Meet Mary Pleasant Live Chautuaqua Enactment or a screening or the award-winning film

Project 1: The Hyers' Documentary:

A one-hour PBS FILM is in production; the successful, live concert taping of Oct. 4, 2014 will be a part of it.

=This film project is now sponsored fiscally by The Living Heritage Foundation. All donations are tax deductible.

=View the film project Trailer by clicking here -- TRAILER

=Please make a Tax Deductible donation here to the Hyers music taping and film here. View the film project.

=For credit-card donations, use the link below the PayPal screen:

Note: Remove the sample email and type yours in the PayPal box. For credit card donations, use the link below the PayPal Screen if that screen appears first

To send a check:
Make it payable to The Living Heritage Foundation, with a note on the check that says, "Hyers Film." They are our sponsors.
Address: Attn: Bibbs-LHF, 123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento, CA 95838

=Need to know more first?

Who were the Hyers?
=Anna and Emma Hyers were two sisters from Sacramento who became the first African-American women to succeed before mainstream audiences as touring concert-opera artists. Later they contributed to human rights and created the first African-American musical. They were the first to oppose blackface minstrels' denigration of African Americans before mainstream audiences, the first to employ black leading characters and natural bi-racial casting in American music theater!! And, they did it all in the turbulent 1880's-- a time of Jim Crow and rampant lynching.

Now we need your help to preserve this lost and inspiring story as a documentary film -- the story of two women who contributed greatly to human rights and music. No gift is too small, and all will be tax deductible.

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. Anna and Emma Hyers were --
= 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 of touring black-faced minstrels.

The impact of our work
Our new film (and the introductory touring lecture-performance on the Hyers) will inspire audiences to achieve their dreams and to carry forward the dreams of those who came before us. 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.

Please help : Now we need your help to create this wonderful tribute to two women who contributed greatly to our AMERICAN ancestors, human rights, and music. No gift is too small.

=Donate Here: Your gifts are Tax-Deductible. For credit card donations, use the link below the PayPal screen if it appears first:

What your gift will do
You will help us produce
HELP US PRODUCE THE FILM: Help get our one-hour documentary film, "Voices for Freedom" documentary to PBS.

The film will feature a celebrity host, narration, concert excerpts with renowned artists: Robert Sims, Tichina Vaughn, Hope Briggs, and more; with spoken word hip hop-world-music artist WolfHawkJaguar's commentary accompanied by master drummer Pope Flyne. In addition expert interviews, re-enactments, and film montage will bring the Hyers' civil-rights, contributions, and times to life. Once finished, it will air on PBS.

Help us get there soon!

=Donate Here: Your gifts are Tax-Deductible

Note: Remove the sample email and type yours in the PayPal box. For credit card donations, use the link below the PayPal Screen if that screen appears first.

To mail a check:
Make it payable to The Living Heritage Foundation, with a note on the check that says, "Hyers Film." They are our sponsors.
Address: Attn: Bibbs-LHF, 123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento, CA 95838

Other t hings you can do
1 ) Book Susheel's exciting, new Hyers multi-media,one-woman program for your group or event. It is cost effective and moving:

=The Hyers Sisters (Voices for Freedom) -- An Offering in Word and Song. This 45 min lecture-performance, it is like a mini documentary -- Bibbs tells the Hyers' story through word, song, visuals, and video and includes a guest artist live or on film. Then she answers questions about the Hyers Sisters and the film. Write mepleasant1@yahoo.com

2) Pass the word to your friends by posting the donation url and material from this site on FACEBOOK and other social network.

See the Voices for Freedom Page for more information and links. That will mean a lot. Thank you so much

 

Project 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 will help.

We need only $5000 more. Give generously, please, to help youth Meet Mary Pleasant. Check out the trailer below and purchase one here under the "Our Store" linkTrailer: Here is the trailer for the film--


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Donate online (tax deductible). Select this link: Donate to Meet Mary Pleasant

On the check note write: "Meet Mary Pleasant", Mailed: Attn: Bibbs, 123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento, CA 95838

THANK YOU!!