NAACP petition to Hollywood movie makers for Black History Month

Good idea, I think:



Growing up, I remember marveling at the stories about the bravery, courage, and patriotism demonstrated by the Tuskegee Airmen.

I was happy to see them gain renewed recognition through the recent film Red Tails. Their story of persevering through a pervasive culture of prejudice to become American heroes is one we should tell more often.

But as we celebrate Black History Month and honor the African-American heroes in our lives, we must remember that films celebrating the contributions of people of color remain few and far between. That’s why I’m asking you to sign onto a letter asking movie studios to bring more of these stories to the silver screen.

Sign our letter encouraging Hollywood to create more films like Red Tails, celebrating the contributions of African-Americans throughout our history:

The facts about the production of films showing African-American heritage, and the employment of African-Americans in Hollywood, are alarming.

In 2009, Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard said, “the diverse and multicultural world we live in today is still not accurately reflected in the portrayals we see on the screen.” And last year, the Writers Guild of America released a study showing the minority share of employment in feature films had fallen to 5%, its lowest level in ten years.

We must reverse these trends. With your help, we can send a message to the Hollywood studios that the public wants to see more films on the contributions of diverse communities, written, directed, and produced by filmmakers from all walks of life.

Make no mistake — we have come a long way since the Tuskegee Airmen flew in the face of a society that thought them incapable of achieving the feats of bravery they regularly demonstrated. Now we must ensure their legacy will be passed on to future generations.

Join us in telling Hollywood we need more films celebrating African-American culture and contributions:

After you sign the letter, I hope you’ll go see Red Tails in the theaters this weekend. It’s a great way to continue celebrating Black History Month. And if you have already seen it, see it again!

Thank you,

Vic Bulluck

Executive Director
NAACP Hollywood Bureau

P.S. Join us on February 17th as we honor those who have achieved milestones in the fields of social justice and art. The 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards will air live on NBC at 8:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. central).

Have you seen “Red Tails” yet?  What did you think?

(Oy.  Have you heard the controversy in Dallas about taking classes to see it?)


7 Responses to NAACP petition to Hollywood movie makers for Black History Month

  1. Flakey says:

    Curiously enough Cuba Gooding Jr stared in both Red Tails and Tuskegee Airmen.


  2. Flakey says:

    I saw Red Tails, and the cgi was ok, but I vastly preferred the HBO version of the tale “Tuskegee Airmen”


  3. Ellie says:

    Jim, I don’t give a hoot about fashion or cosmetics, either, but she was a fascinating woman. “On Her Own Ground” is, in my opinion, the best biography of her out there. Yes, it would make a great story…unless Hollywood mangled it into a combination of Important Black History Movie and chick flick.


  4. Jim says:


    I think a film about Madame C.J. Walker would be riveting. I don’t care a whit (obviously) about cosmetics or fashion, but this woman created a veritable empire (by the standards of her time) and operated with uncommonly high ethical standards. Few people know who she was — not even in Indiana.


  5. Ellie says:

    I don’t know if I’ll be watching this movie or not. I wasn’t impressed by the reviews. How could a movie like this be boring? Perhaps if movie makers didn’t try so hard. It’s a good story. It doesn’t have to be wrung out to be an Important Black History Movie. It could just be a great, exciting and interesting story.


  6. Ed Darrell says:

    Nat Turner Revolt, Crispus Attucks (if there is a story there), George Washington Carver and the South that produced him, Madame C. J. Walker, Tulsa before the 1921 conflagration, Curt Flood, blacks in the Spanish-American War, the Philippines rebellion, World War I, World War II . . . lots of great stories out there, and this only scratches the surface.


  7. Michael Lynch says:

    I saw the movie on opening day, and wasn’t all that impressed. As nifty as some of the combat sequences were, I couldn’t get past all the cliched story points and the crudely sketched characters. I’m glad Lucas cared enough to get the project going, but the execution left a lot to be desired. You don’t get points for good intentions in Hollywood.

    But I agree that we could use more good films about black history. I’d happily pay to see a movie about the Nat Turner revolt.



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