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"EVELYN WILLIAMS' is ecommended for courses in: African American, Women'=
s &
Appalachian Studies; U.S. History; Sociology; Social Studies; Aging;
Anthropology; Social Movements and Community Activism.

Directed by Anne Lewis=20
Color, 27:40, 1995
Purchase: VHS $150; =BE=94 $200
Rental: VHS $60; =BE=94 $75

Evelyn Williams is a portrait of a woman who is many things: a coal mine=
daughter and wife; a domestic worker and mother of nine; a college studen=
t in
her 50s and community organizer; an Appalachian African American. Above a=
she is a woman whose awareness of class and race oppression has led her t=
o a
lifetime of activism. Now in her 80s, she is battling to save her land in
eastern Kentucky from destruction by a large oil and gas firm.
With humor, eloquence, and at times anger, Evelyn tells her story. Her
family came to eastern Kentucky in 1922 when she was six years old. She
remembers the Klan burning a cross on the mountain and describes the sens=
e of
powerlessness that followed a lynching for which the murderers were never
arrested. She married a coal miner and later moved to West Virginia where=
daughters were able to attend college.While her husband worked in the min=
and helped organize the union, she cleaned the homes of coal company boss=
When the mines mechanized and laid off workers, the family moved to Brook=
N.Y. where Evelyn studied at the New School for Social Research and becam=
active in efforts to improve her community. Her commitment to fight for
justice and equality was deepened when her son was killed in Vietnam and =
U.S. military misinformed and mistreated the family. Following retirement=
the early 70=92s, Evelyn and her husband returned to a piece of family la=
nd in
Kentucky. Most recently, she has been a leader of a grassroots effort by
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth to end oil and gas company use of the
broadform deed to drill on surface owners=92 land without their permissio=
n. In
explaining her determination to preserve her land, she recalls her
grandfather, an ex-slave, who said, =93Take care of the land. Take care o=
f the
land. As long as you have land, you have a belonging.=94
The program portrays a fascinating and dynamic personality whose keen sen=
of communal and family history influences her determination. Through her
story, Evelyn makes important connections between civil rights, women=92s
rights, and environmental concerns.
"A concise and moving portrayal of an activist...Richly suggests the
steadiness with which the Black working class has attended the flame for
justice and equality. I enthusiastically endorse this film for purchase.=
" --
John McCluskey, Chair, Afro-American Studies Department, Indiana Universi=
"Whether on a sit-down strike in Kentucky, or raising community issues in
Harlem, this spirited woman holds her life together with a slender thread=
indestructible courage." -- Catherine Rankovic, Professor, African &
Afro-American Studies' Department,Washington University=20
"A lively and reflective work that is an excellent choice for social stud=
and African American collections." -- School Library Journal
"Very down to earth, unpretentious is what much of feminist
analysis and theory misses, the lived reality of women's lives." -- Jean
Grossholtz, Professor, Women's Studies, Department of Politics, Mount Hol=
"Excellent film for making the connection between women's studies and
grassroots activism. A wonderful example of African American women's rol=
in making Appalachian history." -- Peggy Rivage-Seul, Professor, Departm=
of Women's Studies, Berea College
"A delightful and refreshing presentation of a strong-willed and dynamic
personality. This portrait is thoroughly rewarding and highly instructive=
-- Dr. Doris Wilkinson, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of

"A long overdue revelation of the essence of multiculturalism and ethnic
diversity in the struggle to keep our own, keep keepin' on." -- Edward J.
Cabbell, Director, John Henry Center for Culture & History Exchange

"Evelyn Williams articulates the history of slavery and struggle in a
personal and intelligent way." -- Juror, Black Maria Film Festival
"Evelyn Williams documents a significant part of ethnic culture and
herstory.=94 - Black Film Center and Archives, Indiana University
=93A quality film. =93 - Ray Bradford, Project Director, National Media O=

Festivals & Screenings:
Black Maria Film Festival =9195 - Juror=92s Choice Award
Charlotte Film Festival =9196 - Screening
Kentucky Educational Network =9196 - Screening
Louisville Film & Video Festival (Artswatch) =9196 - Screening
Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival =9196 - Screening
Peace & Justice Activists, National Organizers Alliance =9196 - Screening
Retirement Research Foundation =9196 - National Media Owl Award, Second P=
Sinking Creek Celebration =9196 - Award of Merit
The Other American Film Festival =9196 - Screening
UK=92s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging =9196 - Screening
SECA National PBS Broadcast =9196
Western Psychological Association Conference =9196, San Jose, CA - Screen=
Women in the Director=92s Chair =9196 - Screening

Previews for Purchase are available upon request. A shipping & handli=
fee of $15 is applied to purchase, rental, and previews for purchase.Rent=
are for one-time use only. Specify rental date when ordering. Rental p=
may be applied to purchase price if purchase is made within two weeks of
rental date. Shipping and handling charges are $15 for the first title, =
for each additional title if ordered at the same time. A catalog
describing the eighty-two titles in the Appalshop Film & Video Collection=
available upon request. Call or write, Appalshop Film & Video, 306 Madi=
Street, Whitesburg, KY 41858.
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