Marthetta Watson

Marthetta Watson
Topics: History, South Dakota
Communities: Saint Paul, MN
Program Types: Book Club to Go, One Book South Dakota, Speakers Bureau

Retired Educator
Saint Paul, MN | (973) 255-9654

Oscar Micheaux: From Homesteading to Hollywood
Learn about Oscar Micheaux, an African American homesteader from Gregory County, SD, who became an author of 7 novels and wrote, produced and at times, acted in 43 movies. The subjects and story lines of his writing and film making took shape from many of his own experiences and influences on the prairies of South Dakota. His work teaches about the challenges of the first farmers and ranchers in Gregory County as well as the trials and tribulations of being Black in America. A bibliography, clips of Micheaux's movies, and a display of his original books and other artifacts are part of the program.