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A stunning performance documentary with internationally acclaimed artists tells the Hyers’ story in word and song with a hip-hop poet, who interprets its meaning for our day.

The Hyers Sisters Order DVD

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Synopsis – 

  Please note:  No phone ordering. Ordering options below.   To order via Amazon, click  “purchase” on this site.      This award-winning 30-min. documentary is an extended version of the film now on PBS.  -wonderful for opera, music, and history lovers.  In the perilous 1870’s and 80’s, when night riders and lynching terrorized black people and blackface minstrels ridiculed them across the land, The Hyers Sisters (popular, black, touring-opera prodigies) stood up to become Voices for Freedom.  They fought the minstrels’ ridicule with charming works that revealed the depth and dignity of African Americans.  These became the first American musicals and the first works  to use integrated casting in American Music theater.


Performers include

Internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Tichina Vaughn, hip-hop poet WolfHawkJaguar, filmmaker/performer Susheel Bibbs, baritones Omari Tau and Robert Sims, tenor-pianist Othello Jefferson, pianist Jacqui Hairston, master drummer Pope Flyne, sopranos Hope Briggs and Shawnette Sulker, and other artists with  expert commentators:  Susan Anderson, Rick Moss, Thomas Riis, Halifu Osumare, Robert Sims, and others.

Hosted by
international Opera Star Denyce Graves-Montgomery

Hip-Hop poet

Susheel Bibbs

About Susheel:  Independent filmmaker Susheel Bibbs has served the arts and the humanities for over 26 years. An acclaimed classical singer and actress, national Emmy winner, and once the youngest Executive Producer in the PBS system for a major international series, Bibbs has, since 2007, secured 13 international, independent-film awards (including three for excellence in directing) and two international Telly Awards. Both of her award-winning documentaries – Meet Mary Pleasant in HD (screened at Cannes) and Voices for Freedom (26 min version) — are now on PBS nationally; the extended 30 min. version is on DVD and touring nationwide.
See more on Bibbs’ films at http://californiafilm.net/profile/SusheelBibbs and her performances at www.susheelbibbs.com

Current News and Events

  • Get the 30:12 min. version of VOICES FOR FREEDOM, Telly & 7 Int’l Film-Festival awards.  Next screening: CA Historical Society, 2/26/19,  6pm (3rd & Mission in San Francisco)
  • The short 26 min version continues on PBS.  *Carriage — 2018 National Carriage Summary Overall: 216 airings on 128 channels in 56 TV markets in 20 states (37% national coverage
  • Upcoming Sacramento AREA: (This is Ch 6 in The Bay Area and is also on Cable –  KVIEHD channel: 2/20 Wednesday 7pm, 2/22 Friday 4pm, 2/23 Saturday 7:30am, 2/24 Sunday 6:30pm; on KVIE2: Thursday, Feb. 8 at 8:30am and 7:30pm, Thursday, Feb. 21 at 8:30am and 7:30pm, Sund, Feb. 24 at 2:30pm & 5am
  • Stations all across the Land broadcasting this month and next from coast to coast: Eureka, Sacramento, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Burlington, Tampa… Please ask your local station to air it.
  •  Order the DVD online above (preferred), or order by mail:  DKC, c/o 123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento, CA 95838  ($15 per DVD plus $4/dvd. Only $7 postage per order for 5 DVDs)

  • Order Bibbs’ new Hyers booklet:https://www.amazon.com/Voices-Freedom-Sisters-ChangeLegacy/dp/1535017449/ref=sr_1_cc_6?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1529960242&sr=1-6-catcorr&keywords=susheel+bibbs
  • Donate below to have this work expanded or available on commercial media sites
Click below to donate to expand and distribute this film (tax deductible)

To help expand this film to ONE hour, please make your tax-deductible donation below,
payable to 
The Living Heritage Foundation
with a note on the check that says, 
“Hyers Film”
Attn: Bibbs-LHF, 123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento, CA 95838

Stay Connected

Contact: mepleasant1@yahoo.com      c/o 123 Mint Leaf Way, Sacramento, CA 95838        http://www.susheelbibbs.com/