Historical society to air new documentary in honor of Black History Month |

Historical society to air new documentary in honor of Black History Month

Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Sewickley photographed on a rainy and foggy Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Sewickley Valley Historical Society will present “Wendell Freeland: A Quiet Soldier,” beginning at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Old Sewickley Post Office.

This new documentary film, directed by Billy Jackson, tells the story of Wendell Freeland — Tuskegee Airman, civil rights attorney and powerful advocate for the poor and disenfranchised.

Freeland devoted 70 years to fighting injustice wherever he found it, from the age of Jim Crow to that of Barack Obama. He blazed a trail for racial equality by working largely behind the scenes in America’s courtrooms, boardrooms and political backrooms.

The half-hour documentary “Wendell Freeland: A Quiet Soldier” will tell the story of a complex and courageous man whose long career helped shape an era of historic change.

Billy Jackson is a national award-winning documentarian and principal owner of NOMMO Productions, which has produced more than 50 documentary, dramatic and promotional films. He earned his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and M.Ed. from Harvard University. A devoted educator, Jackson was an associate professor at Emerson College, taught film courses at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and worked as a consultant/designer on educational curricula. He has also served as consultant, cinematographer and/or producer for government, private industry, independent production houses and television stations.

Jackson has made a lifelong study of youth education in media arts. He remains committed to documenting and teaching the history and culture of Africans in America, to increasing resources for media arts and multicultural programming and to providing greater opportunities for developing artists.