The Other Side of the Coin is a collection of experiences and thoughts addressing the complexities of race in America. The participants featured in our film represent a span of different generations, which presents its own unique challenges. These challenges tend to reignite historical transgressions into the fold of present-day ideologies, begging the question: How do we reconcile for the sake of future generations and humanity?
The American South As We Know It explores the lives and experiences of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. This film depicts a time when racial tension was at its peak. The educators, historians and brave “everyday” people featured in this documentary, express their vested interest in creating a comprehensive narrative of what life was like for African- Americans in the south.
Reading about our country’s history is important, but hearing the stories of individuals who lived that history, in their own words, is truly powerful. The American South As We Know It is an important watch not just for those whose ancestors suffered through the emotional and physical traumas of slavery and Jim Crow, but also for those whose ancestors may have participated in inflicting those very traumas.
I am full of anticipation that this documentary will deliver honest, in-depth and compelling account s of African Americans who lived through a Jim Crow society and whose stories can best be elicited by a journalist who shares so many commonalities with them.
This documentary can serve as a valuable engine for research as it relates to African-American history. It expounds upon various aspects related to the struggles and greatness of those who lived in the south during such a polarizing time.
Since Frederick Murphy was young, he always enjoyed talking to his elders and hearing stories of family history. In 2016, he founded History Before Us, a project centered on capturing, preserving and advocating influential history. In the beginning of 2017 he started traveling the Southeastern region of the United States interviewing survivors of Jim Crow, the courageous individuals who didn’t make the headlines.
These untold stories prompted him to complete the award-winning documentary The American South as We Know It. Frederick, a Licensed Professional Counselor by trade, utilizes tactful questioning, empathy and reflection to obtain relevant information needed to produce a true narrative of African-American/American history. Frederick also has a Master’s degree in Transformative Leadership and serves as an educator in higher education.