Why aren’t there films and plays and books about him, his name on everyone’s lips, and kids, especially black kids, wanting to grow up to be like him, that sort of thing.

Because, really, he was black and handsome as Sidney Poitier , and wrote fine novels like “The Conquest,” was also a playwright and is considered the first great black filmmaker, and when D. W. Griffith made a racist film, Micheaux would come up with a film to counter it  for instance “Within Our Gates” to Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation”. And Micheaux’s films are in many university collections, at Cal and UCLA and the U. of Nebraska and places like that.

Read more: http://www.redroom.com/blog/steve-hauk/why-isnt-oscar-micheaux-famous

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