Midnight Ramble

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Midnight Ramble

1994

The agency provided description reads as follows: This episode explains how filmmakers such as Oscar Micheaux created nearly 500 movies for African-American audiences, between 1910 and 1940, which depicted them as real people, not stereotypes. The episode presents black filmmaking from its earliest beginnings. The producer of this video is Northern Virginia Educational Television Association.

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Micheaux, Oscar, 1884-1951

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Oscar Micheaux (b. Jan. 2, 1884, Metropolis, IL–d. March 25, 1951, Charlotte, NC) was born to Calvin and Bell Michaux, both former slaves. He started working as a teenager in various jobs (in stockyard, steel mills, as a shoe shiner, and eventually a Pullman porter) before buying a homestead in Gregory County, SD. While on his homestead he married Orlean McCracken although the marriage did not last. Micheaux started writing for The Chicago Defender urging black people to take advantage of the la...