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VOICES FOR FREEDOM: The Hyers Sisters’ Legacy   
NOLA Code: VFHS 00 H1
Program Length: 1/30
Format: HD
Version: Base
Closed Captioned: Yes
Stereo: Yes
SAP: None
V-Chip: TV-PG
Short Description: In the perilous 1870's and 80's, when night riders and lynching terrorized African Americans and black-face minstrels ridiculed them across the land, The Hyers Sisters (African American touring-opera prodigies) stood up against this ridicule and oppressive imaging with unique musical works and thus became Voices for Freedom. These works changed minds and hearts for 20 years while bringing the first black leading players to the mainstream stage, integrating casting for the first time, and creating the first American musicals. The Hyers influenced all Music Theater to come and yet remain unsung -- 'til now.

This half-hour performance documentary celebrates their rich legacy in word and song, with internationally renowned artists and an inspiring story. Enactment, narration, a hip-hop commentator, and expert commentary reveal the social struggles of their day and shed light on our own. Super star Denyce Graves-Montgomery hosts.

Flags: Images of lynching
Tag: For more information or to order a DVD of Voices of Freedom: The Hyers Sisters’ Legacy visit www.TheHyersSisters.com.
Broadcast Rights: U/3YRS
School Rights: 1YR
Non-Commercial Rights: Y
VOD Rights: Yes
VOD Rights Type: Concurrent w/broadcast rights
Rights Period: 29-Sep-17 to 28-Sep-20
Available: Royalty free to NETA members and subscribers
Producer: C. Susheel Bibs
123 Mint Leaf Way
Sacramento, CA 95838
Phone: (415) 310-0529
Co-Producer: Living Heritage Foundation
, CA
Presenter: KVIE
Date Produced: 2017
David Hill
Brenda Waters
Friends of the Oakland Library grant
Gene Howell
Sharleen Cooper Cohen
Lartiva Hammond
A complete list of funders is available from the producer.
Local Underwriting Cleared: Yes
Website: www.TheHyersSisters.com