Our Stories Matter: Revisiting the Impact of St Francis/St Emma

Remembering the significance of alternative education for African-Americans in a time when Virginia law prohibited black and white children from attending the same schools and the US Supreme Court overturned the Civil Rights Act of 1875. Remembering the importance of St Francis/St Emma and of documenting our Oral History so that it will never be forgotten or lost this Monday, February 1, 2016 at 5004 Cartersville Road, Powhatan, Virginia 23139 at 6pm. Free Event

​January 27, 2016

Contact:    Ryan Heathcock

        (202) 270-0790

        ryan@ryaninternational.net

“Our Stories Matter: Revisiting the impact of  St Francis/St Emma”

During a time when Virginia law prohibited black and white children from attending the same schools and the US Supreme Court overturned the Civil Rights Act of 1875 what became of the children and their education.  In the midst of this shameful time in history two sisters stepped forward to make a change in the lives of many African-American children yet few know their story.

Ryan Heathcock is determined that this will be the case no longer.  Ryan Heathcock has returned to his roots here in Richmond Virginia with his own video production company, Ryan Int’l to help support local residents through his initiative, “Once Upon a Time” (OUAT). OUAT was created with the intent to give individuals and historical institutions the opportunity to video document their stories to ensure that their history and legacy are preserved and passed on to the next generation “in their own words”.

After 20 years of working in video production and documentary filmmaking, Ryan turned his camera, and his attention, to researching and documenting his own family history and genealogy.  Opening the door to OUAT. Today, Ryan still contracts his professional video production services to Non-Profits, NGO’s as well as corporate clients across the country documenting such greats as Angela Davis, Sonia Sanchez, Susan Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Levar Burton and even Civil Rights icon Rev. C.T. Vivian just to name a few.  However, today he is turning his passion to supporting amateur genealogist, professional genealogist and every day men and women by offering the opportunity to document their family histories and pass them on to the next generations, as well as working with historical societies and institutions to bring attention to their organizations stories and to preserve their legacies for future generations.

Join Ryan and Sister Maureen Carroll, Executive Director FrancisEmma, Inc to honor this legacy and historical contribution while also learning the significance of Oral History Documentation this Monday, February 1, 2016 at 5004 Cartersville Road, Powhatan, Virginia 23139 at 6pm. Free Event donations welcome

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Once Upon A Time is a subsidiary of Ryan International.  The job of OUAT is to translate your oral history to a professional video that can be shared for generations to come.  Helping you outline and recognize your accomplishment and  bumps in the road so that your family history, pearls of wisdom, contributions and memory are provided by you, in your own voice at the click of a button. For more information please visit call (202) 270-0790


Categories: History, Civil Rights, African American

Tags: Black History Month, Once Upon A Time, Ryan Heathcock, Ryan International, St Emma, St Francis