UNLADYLIKE2020 hosted a screening of its first video at the Maysles Documentary Center in celebration of National Aviation History Month! The video tells the incredible story of aviator Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to hold an international pilot's license. The screening was followed by a lively panel discussion with series creator Charlotte Mangin, NYU professor and historian Michele Mitchell, who provided important historical context for Coleman's story, and Harlem actress and playwright Madeline McCray, moderated by Sandy Rattley, UNLADYLIKE2020's Executive Producer. McCray then performed an excerpt from “A Dream to Fly,” her play about Coleman. The event also featured a community talk-back and Q&A, and reception, with food and drink provided by Harlem vendors, including Pompette Wine, C-Town Grocery Store, Best Market Harlem, Cantina Taqueria, and Corner Social. Thank you to these establishments for their generosity. Check out the event page on the Maysles website!
Here’s what several audience members had to say:
“Beautiful and urgent story.”
“Excellent film, trailer, panel discussion—excellent. Loved performance by Madeline McCray.”
“We enjoyed so much seeing and hearing history come alive in such a vibrant format. It was fascinating to know more about the historical context too. Loved Madeline’s performance to bring back Bessie Coleman to life.”
This event was made possible by: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and New York State Council on the Arts, in partnership with The Futuro Media Group. Original artwork by Amelie Chabannes.