Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story
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Mr. Emancipation – The story of Walter L Perry’s determination to put on a celebration that would transcend divisions of race and class. Windsor’s biggest annual event for decades. Largest celebration of Emancipation Day in all of Canada.
Proceeds in support of: North Star Cultural Community Centre & Walter L. Perry Foundation
About the Film
Mr. Emancipation is the story of Walter L. Perry’s determination to put on a celebration that would transcend divisions of race and class, in spite of racism. He staged an Emancipation Day festival that was where everyone wanted to be like Jesse Owens, Dr. William Borders, Joe Louis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Dr. Benjamin Mays, and Mary McLeod Bethune. Future stars of the Motown sound were witnesses and/or talent show acts, all in the celebration of the abolition of slavery. As civil rights activist Dick Gregory said “The largest Juneteenth celebration was not in America, it was in Windsor, Canada.”