Colored Section Films logo is derived from the shocking and visceral display of commonly used racially dividing Colored Only and Whites Only signs, that represented the segregation of blacks to separate facilities, services, and opportunities such as housing, medical care, land, education, employment, and transportation along racial lines that were both enforced by law and without the sanction of law during the Jim Crow era in southern states. Most of these facilities and services were of less-than or subpar conditions which eventually led to future ghettos and extreme poverty in rural, predominantly black communities.
Earlier films at the turn of the century, like Birth of A Nation and Uncle Tom’s Cabin, displayed the worst stereotypes of black people, reducing the black image to that of minstrels, buffoons, rapists, and shiftless master-loving slaves. It created a sense of mental and physical inferiority, dehumanizing impaired thinking and absolute spiritual death.
However, in others, it galvanized a sense of black pride, togetherness, social responsibility, and dependence on the community for services denied by whites. Black neighborhoods flourished with economic stability and vigor. Together with the educated and uneducated, middle-class and impoverished, the Civil Rights movement was born. It was a powerful movement that represented a historic and transformative wave that challenged the 1896 Supreme Court’s doctrine of “separate but equal,” established by the Plessy v. Ferguson decision.
Colored Section Films honors the triumphant spirit of our people as remembrance and respect for our elders both past and present who collectively endured the long journey of oppression and instilled in us a sense of pride, self-esteem, intellectual greatness, and dignity. We dedicate ourselves to illuminating the human condition, using people of color to tell its story, weave its tapestry and project its voice.