Oscar Micheaux: A Self-Made Man
Oscar Micheaux is one of the first black filmmakers. Born of former sharecroppers, he made over 40 films outside of Hollywood that were tailored to black audiences. He scouted for and created his own stars, which produced Paul Robeson and Robert Earl Jones (the father of James Earl Jones) among his discovery. Micheaux forty films were produced in a 30 year time span. His story of struggle and resilience is the reason why Jeremy Geltzer believes this story is a powerful one to tell.
Geltzer is a writer and entertainment lawyer. Micheaux has been non-existent any Hollywood’s film history. Many published books has overlooked the filmmakers contributions to the industry and the African-American film community. Therefore, Geltzer has written this biography for kids of ages 9 to 13. Micheaux’s story serves as an outline for young people who has dreams but may face obstacles along the way.