Brothers Became Film Pioneers

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They were entrepreneurs with a conscience, men who believed in fighting fire with fire. And that combination made them not only heroes of the civil rights struggle, but film industry pioneers.

Noble M. and George P. Johnson, two African American brothers, launched their Lincoln Motion Picture Co. in response to the wave of racism that swept the country after the 1915 release of D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation,” with its inflammatory portrayal of Reconstruction-era blacks.


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