A Story of Strength, Hope and Courage

“My Mother’s Journey is an emotionally powerful portrait of a vibrant African American woman who journeyed from the segregated south to Rochester, New York. This documentary is a subtle and rich presentation about the struggles for civil rights, urban upheavals during the 1960’s and the great migration undertaken by people of color in mid-twentieth century America.”


Richard Finkelstein, Chair, Department of English

State University of New York Geneseo

A Documentary Film by Sam and Kirsten Hampton

Elizabeth Hampton was an African American mother who worked in the tradition of social reform in upstate New York and influenced progress during the civil rights era and beyond. This documentary traces her migration from the South to the North, and shares the lasting lessons of her discoveries in making a better way of life for herself, her family and community.


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