Bishop Richard Allen: Apostle of Freedom
13 January 2011 |
Born a slave, Richard Allen was America’s first civil rights hero, the first black man in America to own property, and the father of the AME church. Apostle of Freedom was produced by History Making Productions for the AME. Allen’s actions—writing pamphlets, staging walkouts and sit-ins and standing up to the force of repression and violence against blacks—set the stage for 200 years of civil rights battles. Here is a short clip of the film.
Our film uses experts, including historian Richard Newman, the author of Freedom’s Prophet, and staged reenactment of the famous walkout of St. George’s Church and of the spiritual rise of Jerena Lee, one of the first female preachers. I am co-screenwriter and historic consultant. The film premiered on February 13, 2011.