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Voices for Freedom: Hyers Sisters' Legacy Screening and Talk

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California Historical Society

678 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

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Join Independent filmmaker Susheel Bibbs for a documentary screening, followed by a short talk, on The Hyers Sisters. This award-winning, half-hour documentary features acclaimed performances, re-enactments, archival footage, and commentary as it chronicles the life and times of The Hyers Sisters. Background: During the 1870’s and 80’s, at a time when night riders and lynching terrorized African Americans, and blackface minstrels ridiculed them, touring opera artists Anna & Emma Hyers left their success in the opera to oppose the negative imaging of their people by black-face minstrels and changed minds and hearts for 20 years with unique, lovable musicals that celebrated the African-American experience in America from slavery to freedom. These became the first American musicals, the first to use black leading players and the first to integrate casting in mainstream Music Theater.

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