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DC Labor FilmFest: IDA B. WELLS: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE

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Recognized in 2020 with a special Pulitzer Prize, Ida B. Wells was a household name in Black America during much of her lifetime (1862–1931) and she was considered the equal of her well-known African American contemporaries such as Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois. Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker William Greaves' (SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE) IDA B. WELLS: A PASSION FOR JUSTICE documents the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. The words of Wells are brought to life in the film through the performance of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison as she reads selections from Wells' memoir, "Crusade for Justice," and other writings. (Note adapted from California Newsreel.)


DC Labor FilmFest

April 30–June 6


Organized and presented by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO and the AFI Silver, the DC Labor FilmFest features a wide-ranging selection of films about work, workers and the wider issues affecting workers' lives. This year, for its 20th edition, the festival goes virtual, presenting a lineup of outstanding work-related cinema online for audiences in the Washington, DC, area and beyond. 

  • Year
    1989
  • Runtime
    53 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    NOT RATED
  • Director
    William Greaves
  • Screenwriter
    William Greaves
  • Producer
    William Greaves
  • Cast
    Toni Morrison, Troy Duster, Al Freeman Jr., Paula Giddings