Richard Wright - Black Boy

Richard Wright is an influential writer who changed the face of American literature to give a voice to the voiceless.

Premiere Date
September 1, 1995
Length
90 minutes
Funding Initiative
Series and Special Projects
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    1994 Southern Region-Emmy Award, Documentary Program
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    1994 International CINDY Competition-Special Achievement Certificate, Editing/Writing
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    1994 SECA Award, Public TV/Expo-Second Place Winner
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    1994 Chicago International Film Festival-Silver Hugo, Documentary
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    1994 Columbus International Film & Video Festival-Bronze Plaque, Humanities/Profiles
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    1994 Prized Pieces Film & Video Competition, National Black Programming Consortium-Honorable Mention, Historical Documentary
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    1994 Chicago International Film Festival-Silver Hugo, Writing
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    1994 International CINDY Competition-Bronze Plaque, Broadcast Documentary
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    1994 International CINDY Competition-Second R.V. Townsend Award
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    1994 The New York, Festivals Competition-Gold World Medal, Bio/Profiles
  • Producer

    Madison Davis Lacy Jr.

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    The Film

    When asked, in 1945, why he wrote Black Boy, a harrowing account of his Southern childhood, Wright replied that he wanted to "give [his] tongue to the voiceless Negro boys." Fifty years later, Richard Wright's passion for words is depicted in the first full-length documentary on the influential writer who changed the face of American literature.

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