Detroit Civil Rights Trilogy

An enhanced version of the Ford Hunger March with Dave Moore is included with two other personal stories that chronicle Black History in Michigan. The revealing stories are told and illustrated in three segments during this richly produced, award winning* documentary.

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Last Survivor of the Ford Hunger March

In Detroit, Michigan during the great depression, Dave Moore was a hungry young black man without work. In 1932 when over three thousand people protested against the Ford Motor Company to appeal for jobs, Dave Moore marched with them and witnessed the brutality that caused five deaths. Dave continued to suffer through the depression until he joined the Civilian Conversation Corps and was sent to serve at Camp Baldwin, Michigan. Later Dave landed a prized job in the foundry with Ford Motors. Dave Moore never forgot the Hunger March experience that inspired him to help organize the workers of the auto industry. He held many positions in the UAW and other organizations. When he retired in 1994 he was the Director of the Senior Citizens Department for the City of Detroit. At age 96, Mr. Moore continued to organize, educate and advocate for workers rights until he died on November 1, 2009.

Rosa Parks of the Boblo Boat

Sara Elizabeth Haskell has been known as the "Rosa Parks of the Boblo Boat" but she actually led the way for Rosa Parks on the banks of the Detroit River in 1945.

Mr. Interlocutor of Mount Clemens

Duane Gerlach was the master of ceremonies for black face minstrel shows that were staged by white men for over 10 years in a Detroit suburb. Film clips from the 1959 show are included in the documentary.

*First Place, Documentary Feature, at the Made-in-Michigan Film Festival, 2010.