Wendell G. Freeland - A Quiet Soldier
a work-in-progress presented by Billy Jackson
Wendell G. Freeland—A Quiet Soldier profiles the prominent Pittsburgh civil rights activist, attorney, and Tuskegee Airman. His inspirational story is a significant piece of the city's, and the nation's, history.
Freeland’s life and work in fighting for civil rights remarkably begins several years before the era of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. His involvement in the “Freeman Field Mutiny”—essentially a military sit-in, resulted in a court-martial. Pardoned by President Truman with an honorable discharge, he relocated to Pittsburgh, where he fought for the right of Negroes to swim in the Highland Park swimming pool, the right of a Negro doctor to build his home in Stanton Heights, and the right to sue a city government for the brutality of its police. The list of his victories is as long as his skin was “white”--another issue that ultimately rendered Freeland victorious on both sides of the “fence.”
Jackson will present a one-hour rough cut of the documentary, and is interested in getting feedback before the film is brought to completion.
Tuesday, September 22
6:30p Food & Social
7:00p Screening & Discussion