FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2008
FAMOUS AMERICAN THANKSGIVING DAY SONG HAS MORE MEANING THAN MEETS THE EYE: MEET THE FILMMAKER AND AUTHOR OF OVER THE RIVER…LIFE OF LYDIA MARIA CHILD, ABOLITIONIST FOR FREEDOM.
New York- The Thanksgiving Day song that American children for decades have learned to know and associate with the beginning of the holiday season, “Over the River and through the Woods to Grandmother’s House We Go,” has come to life in a documentary and companion book about the writer, Lydia Maria Child.
Constance L. Jackson, the author and director of Over the River…Life of Lydia Maria Child, Abolitionist for Freedom, narrated by Ms. Diahann Carroll, will be screening her film and signing her book in October at the following libraries in New York:
October 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County/ Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center Queens Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, NY 11368, (718) 651-1100. Contact Tracy Crawford, Curator. email@example.com.
October 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m., South Huntington Public Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746, (631) 549-4411. Contact Catherine Schmoller, Adult Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
The story is an inspiring and amazing account of Lydia Maria Child’s heralding character as an abolitionist leader, women’s rights, and Indian rights advocate whose writings and poems still ring true today.
The film won recognition at The Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival and the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. As seen in theaters, the DVD, along with the companion book, can be purchased online at Baker and Taylor, Amazon.com, and on Permanent Productions Publishing’s website at www.overtherivermovie.com.
The DVD and book give Americans a rich understanding of women’s early participation in reforming the country, making it a better place for women and African Americans. The DVD/book also shows why Lydia Maria Child has risen above the footnotes of American history.
“The memory of the early Antislavery days is very sacred to me. The Holy Spirit did actually descend upon men and women in tongues of flame. Political and theological prejudices, and personal ambitions, were forgotten in sympathy for the wrongs of the helpless, and in the enthusiasm to keep the fire of freedom from being extinguished on our national alter.”
~Lydia Maria Child (pronounced Mariah)
Michele Patterson (310) 833-0564