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Mrs. Willie P. Mackey-King (No relation to Dr. King) Documentary The Life of a Civil Rights Iconic (Unsung Women of the Movement)

In times like the one we’re in, the question sometimes asked is “Where are the leaders”. Of course, we think of the orators, the ones in front of the camera or microphones. We do need our community organizers to bring people together, to channel and give focus and direction to a purpose or cause. For a movement to function, stay concise and push forward, a group of dedicated people are paramount. People willing to be in the boat, rowing, singing cadence through the valleys and up the hills. Mrs. Willie P. Mackey, at the time, was one those members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. You’ll be hearing from a person who knew the people in the boat, reflecting on some of the personalities that were rowing the boat of the movement, in the valleys and singing cadence or negro spirituals up the hills. Some of those who stared Jim Crow in the face with a target on their backs, fighting to mature this Country. It will be a 90–120-minutes, sit-down interview documentary, filmed in Atlanta, GA., Birmingham, Alabama and possibly Silver Springs, Maryland. We will insert walking location shots, archival still shoots, individual interviews and background music.

Wimauma Black Heritage and Culture Preservation Film Documentary Pilot Project

We will document individual interviews of Wimauma residents old and young, non-residents that have life experience in Wimauma. We will research achieved literature, municipal records and media coverage on the area. Wimauma served as a vibrant center of activity, as evidenced by the historical train station, the presence of two surviving black churches (First and Second Baptist Churches of Wimauma), and the Tuts Place, a black woman-owned general store dating back to the 1950s which was founded by Mrs. Willie Mae Lattimore-Davis.

The Black community of Wimauma was characterized by strong and visionary leaders, among whom was James M. Berrien Sr. who was instrumental in having the Old Sun City Negro Elementary School relocated to Wimauma where a new name, Bethune Elementary, was adopted; the school was located at 5809 Edina St, where Bethune Park and the Boys and Girls Club stand today. Mr. Berrien was revered by the community, and his designation as the Honorary Mayor of Wimauma is etched on his headstone in the historic Black Cemetery. As we continue to research Wimauma's rich history, we aim to uncover and preserve more stories and cultural heritage for generations to come.