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Go Ahead On, Ocoee is a thirty-minute digital video documentary that will lead it's audience through a journey of recollection and reconciliation. The peice will interweave historical accounts of the 1920 Ocoee race massacre and the present day political and social of the efforts Democracy Forum and the West Orange Reconciliation Task Force, the documentary will oscillate between the past and the present. This documentary will be the first to examine the events that unfolded in 1920. The main goal of the film is to not only shed light on the massacre, but but also the attitudes that reside in the aftermath of the event.


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In 1920, Walter White of the NAACP wrote a report about his investigation and findings at the crime scene..."The effect upon the adult white citizens was distressing enough-an air of meritorius work well done. When asked about the rioting, an eleven year old white girl, intelligent and alert, told exulting of 'the fun we had when some niggers got burned up.' The outlook for a more enlightened generation to come is indeed unpromising when a little girl can exhibit so callous an attitude towards such a revolting crime." (Courtesy of The National Archives and The NAACP)

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African-Americans did not move back into Ocoee until 1981.
Ocoee did not hire it's first Black municipal employee until 1986.
Ocoee did not celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holday until 1998.

Only in the last two years have the citizens of Ocoee and West Orange county attempted to revisit the past. With the formation of the West Orange Reconciliation Task Force and the Democracy Forum there has been a concerted effort to acknowledge what happened and to memorialize those that lost not only their homes and their land, but their lives as a result of racial hatred.
Go Ahead On, Ocoee will use interview with members of the WORTF and the Democracy Forum, as well as citizens of the town to structure the narrative of the story. The film will also use observational footage of the town, it's citizens and descendants of the massacre victims as they attempt to revisit the past in order to move peacefully into the future.

Home Ocoee 1920
History
2001
Reconciliation
Bianca
White
Sandra
Krasa
The
Sources


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