Join us for a screening of John L. Waller: Striving for Equality and a discussion with the filmmakers. Born into slavery in New Madrid County, Missouri (USA) in 1850, John Waller rose to become a lawyer, publisher and prominent member of the Kansas Republican establishment. Although spurned in his attempts to seek elected office, he was the only African-American elector in the 1888 U.S. Presidential election. In 1891, he was appointed United States Consul to Madagascar, by President Benjamin Harrison. His imprisonment (and subsequent release) by the French, after attempting to form an African-American colony on that island elevated his status to that of an national and international figure.
The Executive Producer, David M. Talley, is a former network television executive and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Talley also holds advanced degrees from the Stanford University Law School and from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
The Technical Producer, Melvin H. Cox, is a graduate of Merrill College at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a certificate in UNIX System Management and Administration from the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension. Production teams under Mr. Cox's leadership have successfully completed documentary assignments in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States - and in various African nations and throughout the African Diaspora.