Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Context||Leading up to the Depression, the nation had a thriving black cinema.|
|Audience||African American movie goers|
|Purpose||Micheauxâ€™s films were often a direct response to biased portrayals of blacks by mainstream filmmakers.|
Oscar Micheaux was a pioneer in the movie industry, producing 48 films for African American audiences. In 1918, Micheaux produced Homesteader, the first full-length African American movie. In 1931, Micheaux successfully made the leap from silent films to talkies with The Exile. Micheauxâ€™s films featured African American casts in melodramas, comedies, musicals, and Westerns. Micheaux also tackled controversial topics in such films as Within Our Gates, where a Southern white mob lynched an African American sharecropper and his wife. In promoting his films, Micheaux marketed his actors as the equivalent of Hollywood superstars.