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Embrace the Experience!

Thank You – The 23rd annual Heritage Film Festival

Thank you to all participants in this year’s Heritage Film Festival. The Center supports community and the arts, and the passionate artists whose works continue to tell our stories.

We acknowledge and thank our presenters and discussion leaders:

Senator Floyd McKissick, Jr. – Professor Darrell Stover – Mr. Rodrigo Dorfman and Ms. Brenda Holmes and their panel of artists – Mr. James Stewart – Ms. Lana Garland – Ms. Devyne Jordan – Ms. Leslie Cunningham


We also thank the Hayti Heritage Center staff: Melody Little, Polly Whitted, Shelia Pennington, Marc Lee and Technical Director Jon Paul McClelland.

We also thank ABCTV 11 and Durham Magazine for their support.

Last but not least we thank our volunteers and patrons who support the community and public art, and who support the Hayti Heritage Center. We sincerely appreciate you!

Plans are underway for the 2018 Heritage Film Festival, February 8-10. We will soon announce a new festival curator and format for next year, and the addition of Friday film nights at Hayti starting this spring.

We celebrate a treasure whose efforts on behalf of black filmmakers was noteworthy:

Henry T. Thomas Sampson, Jr. was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1934. He was an engineer and an inventor whose creation of the gamma-electric cell device made cell phones possible!

Dr. Sampson was also a noted film historian. He wrote the book Blacks in Black and White: A Source Book on Black Films which examines often overlooked African-American film makers from the first half of the 20th century. He authored The Ghost Walks: A Chronological History of Blacks in Show Business, 1865-1910. Sampson produced documentary films on African-American film makers. In 2005, he published Singin’ on the Ether –Waves: A Chronological History of African Americans in Radio and Television Programming, 1925-1955.

Sampson donated his considerable collection of historical film memorabilia to Jackson State University in Jackson Mississippi. The Dr. Henry T. Sampson Jr. Collection of African American Culture is housed in the H.T. Sampson Library, named for his father, H. T. Sampson Sr., former Executive Dean of Jackson State University.

The Hayti Heritage Center, celebrating our stories in the Year of the Blues.

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