Portraits of Pride: Stormé, Marsha, and Stonewall
Kick off Pride month by exploring the lives of two extraordinary NYC activists, Stormé DeLarverie and Marsha P. Johnson, who helped ignite the Stonewall uprising in 1969.
A screening of two short films followed by a discussion. The first film, Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box (21 min, 1987), traces the life of Stormé DeLarverie, a lesbian activist rumored to have thrown the first punch against the police at Stonewall. Stormé was also the famed Master of Ceremonies of the Jewel Box Revue, a touring company of female impersonators that started at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. The second film, Happy Birthday, Marsha! (14 min, 2018), explores the hours before iconic transgender activist and performer Marsha P. Johnson found herself on the doorstep of history in Greenwich Village the night of June 28th, 1969. Following the films, join us for a lively conversation about the two iconoclasts and the intersections between Stonewall, trans history, and queer black history in New York City featuring:
- Michelle Parkerson, director, Stormé: The Lady of the Jewel Box
- John T. Reddick, Harlem historian
- Rose Wood, performance artist and longtime friend of Stormé
- Jessica Green (moderator), artistic director of the Houston Cinema Arts Society
About the Speakers:
Michelle Parkerson is an award-winning independent film/video maker and an assistant professor in Film & Media Arts at Temple University. Her films include But Then She's Betty Carter (1980), Gotta Make This Journey: Sweet Honey in the Rock (1983), and Storme: Lady of the Jewel Box (1987). She was awarded the Prix du Public at the Festival International de Creteil Films de Femmes and the Audience and Best Biography Awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
John T. Reddick is an architectural historian and a long-time resident of Harlem (recently profiled here). He serves as vice president of the board of Harlem Pride, an organization whose mission is to empower Harlem’s SGL/LGBTQ community through forums, workshops, networking events, and other community outreach activities including the annual Harlem Pride Day Celebration. Reddick is also a board member at the New York Preservation Archive Project.
Jessica Green (moderator) is currently the artistic director of the Houston Cinema Arts Society. She was the cinema director of the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem, founded by legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles, from 2008-2018. Green is also a former founder, owner and editor-In-chief of the New York based, independent Hip-Hop magazine Stress (1994-2001) and the former executive editor of BET.com (2000-2005).
This program is presented as part of Pride = Power!, the Museum’s series of exhibitions and events in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. It is also co-presented with Jessica Green at the Maysles Documentary Center as part of their ongoing non-fiction film series Made in Harlem: Class of ’68.
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