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A Morning for Jimmy (1960) feat. Cicely Tyson

Published on 26 May 2020 / In Film & Animation

Tells the story of an African American youth named Jimmy who encounters racial discrimination in his search for employment. Although the boy's father tries to persuade his son to accept the reality of racial inequality as a fact of life, others encourage Jimmy to pursue his dream of becoming an architect. Jimmy's teacher introduces him to several African Americans in skilled professions, inspiring Jimmy to continue to strive to achieve his goals.

This film was sponsored by the National Urban League in conjunction with its Tomorrow's Scientists and Technicians (TST) program. Originally posted on Archive.org


A Morning for Jimmy (1960) 29 min., 16mm
PRODUCTION: National Urban League and Association Films, Inc. DIRECTOR/WRITER/EDITOR: Barry K. Brown. PRODUCER: Himan Brown. SOUND: Morgan Smith. MUSIC: Billy Taylor. CAST: James Pemberton (Jimmy), Vinnette Carol (the mother) John Marriott (the father), Robert G. Brown (the teacher), Cicely Tyson (the sister), Robert J. Elzy (the grandfather). The African American professionals with whom Jimmy meets are as follows: Casper Yasper (chef, Hilton Hotels Corporation), Willis Messiah (architect, Kahn and Jacobs), Mary Brinkley (laboratory technician, Memorial Hospital), unknown (airplane mechanic, Trans-World Airlines), Irving Samuels (IBM operator, International Business Machines Corporation).

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