Eddy Wiggins – The Lost Historian
Eddy Wiggins in Paris
Eddy Wiggins was born in the Jim Crow South in1904 in Mississippi. It was a time of racial violence against blacks by white supremacists, but also important gains for African Americans. In 1904 Mary McLeod Bethune that today is known as Bethune-Cookman University, while Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, the first Black psychiatrist, was heralded as a pioneer in Alzheimer’s disease research. There were many other significant first, but there was far more violence.
At the age of eighteen, Wiggins took off for Chicago hoping to escape the violence in the South and sought to work odd jobs. But by 1933 fed up with the lack of opportunities, and racism that also existed in the North, he left for Paris, never to return.
Louis Armstrong at Haynes Restaurant (LeRoy Haynes in white tee-shirt)
"Eddy Wiggins: Le Noire Et Le Blanc" Text by Gilles Leroy; Published by Naive
Host A Screening of African Americans in Paris
Paris Noir -African Americans in the City of Light, a one-hour documentary by Blue Lion Films, tells that outstanding story of pioneering men and women who found liberté, egalité and fraternité (freedom, equality, and brotherhood) abroad, that they did not find at home in America.
Paris Noir has options for hosting, from educational viewing to screening as a fundraiser.Choose a screening option that meets your needs:
High definition DVD to host and promote a single community film screening, INCLUDING Skype talk with one of the filmmakers, can introduce the film, the answer questions during a post-viewing Q&A. Includes 10 copies of the companion book African Americans in the City of Light for sale to your attendees. $250.00.
High definition DVD to host and promote a single community film screening, PLUS one of the filmmakers attend your screening, introduce the film, then answer questions and facilitate a community building exercise after the film. $500.00- + Lodging
Option for multiple screenings is available. Contact us for more information and pricing.
Increase your fundraising potential! Additional books available to sell at your event, or separately to raise funds for your organization.
Books must be ordered by the organizer in advance. Shipping cost is additional. The organizer keeps 100% of the revenue from the sale of books. Discounts apply as follows:
For more information or to schedule a screening Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / AfricanAmericansinParis.com