JOURNEY BACK TO

JACKSON PARK

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Jackson Park Project, which aims to develop a one hour television series drama based on the massive emancipation celebrations that took place between the 1930s and 1960s in Windsor, Ontario.

JOURNEY BACK TO JACKSON PARK IS An historical drama television series based on the massive emancipation celebrations that took place between the 1930s and 1960s in Windsor, Ontario.

This was one of the largest cross border celebrations in the history of Canada, attracting thousands of people each year from all over North America, serving as a beacon to shed light on the struggle for civil rights. At a time that was noted for much racism and division, Emancipation Week drew all ethnicities in a celebration of freedom, faith and music, thus being dubbed "the Greatest Freedom Show On Earth".

The series weaves together highlights of major performers in the early stages of their Motown careers and visits from high profile figures like Martin Luther King. The narrative captures the lives and stories of the people who organized the week-long festivities each year and the cross cultural challenges faced during this era among blacks, whites and indigenous peoples.

*Historical research and interviews are currently underway for further content development.

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THE TEAM

Katarzyna Kochany - Director

Nathan Allen - Editor

Audra Yulanda Gray - Project Coordinator & Story Development

Catherine MacDonald - Series Research and Education Advisor/Consultant

Tonya Sutherland - Research and Archival System Development

Kaya Pino & David Hayman - Music Supervisors / Research

Glace Lawrence - Producer / Advisor

Vilma Blenman - ADVISOR @ Toronto District School Board/Life Care Centres - Registered Psychotherapist/Counsellor 

Prof. Donald Goertz - ADVISOR @ Tyndale University and Seminary - Director of In Ministry MDIV Program/Associate Professor of Church History

Shonna Foster - ADVISOR @ Black, Indigenous and People of Colour In TV and Film (BIPOC) - Film Director


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THANK YOU

THIS STORY NEED TO BE TOLD.  TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN.