|Creator:||Biberman, H. J., (Herbert J.)|
|Creator:||Killens, John Oliver, 1916-1987|
|Title:||Slaves : a screenplay / by John O. Killens and Herbert J. Biberman|
|Quantity:||0.02 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 3221 to MS 3230 housed together in 1 half box)|
The African American writer John Oliver Killens, a native of Macon, drew on his own encounters with racism to compose such works as Youngblood, a classic of social protest fiction. Working within a tradition that coupled art with activism, Killens said, ''There is no such thing as art for art's sake. All art is propaganda, although there is much propaganda that is not art.'' The founding chairman of the celebrated Harlem Writers Guild, Killens became a spiritual father of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. Like the writer Richard Wright, whom he greatly admired, Killens inspired a subsequent generation of African Americans through writings charged with strong social and political messages. New Georgia Encyclopedia - John Oliver Killens http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-1234 (Retrieved October 2, 2009)
Herbert J. Biberman, the progressive producer, director and screenwriter now best known as one of the Hollywood Ten who were blacklisted by the American Film Industry for refusing to testify before the House Unamerican Activities Committee. (HUAC), was born on March 4, 1900 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. IMDb - Herbert J. Biberman http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0080868/bio (Retrieved October 2, 2009)
The collection consists of the typed screenplay of "Slaves" by Killens and Biberman. The cast of the 1969 movie included Stephen Boyd, Ossie Davis, and Dionne Warwick. The drama begins on a Kentucky ranch where the owner is forced to sell his slaves to a cruel plantation owner in Mississippi.
Slaves : a screenplay / by John O. Killens and Herbert J. Biberman. MS 3229. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.