Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II
Black women -- "Rosie the Riveters", government workers, and volunteers in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) - remember World War II.
Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II will move your Spirit. Our story features American women - 83 to 105 years young - who fled lives as sharecroppers and domestics for better lives. In the process, they empowered themselves and shattered stereotypes about what women "could" and "could not" do.
Our Warriors are diverse and unforgettable -- hard working underdogs of high character who fight gender discrimination and racism -- and win. These women are our mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers. Journey with our Warriors as they reflect on Depression-era hardships, their wartime jobs doing "man's work" and their military service overseas, even in the face of Jim Crow.
You'll feel the Spirits of these extraordinary women when they transport you back to packed USO Clubs when the dance craze was “jitterbuggin’ and lindy hopppin’". You'll smile too, when our Warriors blush, recounting wartime romances with handsome young soldiers who would become their husbands. You might even shed a tear as one women recounts how her success and independence destroyed her marriage after the war. Invisible Warriors is real life drama.
I hope you see what I see: World War II told from a Black women's perspective. African American women are members of the "Greatest Generation", too. Invisible Warriors is ground breaking. It's fresh. It's long overdue. It's probably the last real chance for an entire generation of women to tell their stories. I hope your Spirit moves you to give…
HOW YOUR DONATIONS WILL BE USED
Your generous donations will be used to interview scholars Darlene Clark-Hine (Northwestern), Maureen Honey (Nebraska), and Brenda Moore (SUNY Buffalo). Airfares, ground transportation, lodging and meals, equipment rentals, and personnel are all unavoidable expenses to producing a superior quality documentary.
Once our scholars are interviewed, I begin post-production - putting the film together - and making it "sing". Invisible Warriors is scheduled to be completed by September 1, 2013. The World Premiere will be Black History Month, 2014.
Risks and challenges
I have been on this journey to bring “voice” to African American World War II experiences for more than 25 years. I have spent thousands of my own dollars (I have been putting my money where my heart and mouth is...) to get Invisible Warriors to this point. Invisible Warriors is an evolving fulfillment of a promise I made to African American “Rosie the Riveters”, World War II veterans, and to my late mother, that I would complete this project. Invisible Warriors is my passion. Invisible Warriors is part of the collective legacy of American women and their struggles for equality. Invisible Warriors is my personal legacy.
This is my second documentary (Choc’late Soldiers from the USA premiered at the National Museum of African American History and Culture), so I do have a successful track record of overcoming the myriad of obstacles that may arise. However, in my estimation, my biggest hurdle has already been overcome: I have secured the Warriors’ interviews.
The Force (God) is strong with me, and I move with Spiritual faith and inspiration, knowing that completion of Invisible Warriors is just a matter of patience and time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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