Evelyn Williams (Film)

Evelyn Williams

  •  Anne Lewis
  •  1995
  • Color IconColor
  •  27:40
  •  3/4" U-matic
Film Description
Evelyn Williams is a portrait of a woman who is many things: a coal miner's daughter and wife; a domestic worker and mother of nine; a college student in her 50s and community organizer; an Appalachian African American. Above all, she is a woman whose awareness of class and race oppression has led her to a lifetime of activism. Now in her 80s, she is battling to save her land in Eastern Kentucky from destruction by a large oil and gas firm.

Screenings & Festivals
  • Black Maria Film Festival
  • Charlotte Film Festival
  • Louisville Film Festival
  • Kentucky Educational Television

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"A concise and moving portrayal of an activist ... Richly suggests the steadiness with which the black working class has attuned the flame for justice and equality." — Indiana University
"Whether on a sit-down strike in Kentucky or raising community issues in Harlem, this spirited woman holds her life together with a slender thread of indestructible courage." — Washington University in St. Louis