The Contradictions of Fair Hope (2012)

Rockell Metcalf, S. Epatha Merkerson

This award-winning film, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, examines a little known aspect of African American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed benevolent societies to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper's grave. But with time The Fair Hope Benevolent Society eventually struggles with a gradual loss of tradition.

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Rockell Metcalf, S. Epatha Merkerson