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My Mother's Journey

Sam Hampton
Sam Hampton & Kirsten Hampton

My Mother's Journey tells the story of the late Elizabeth (Liz) Hampton who traveled from the racist rural south of Alabama in the 1950's to eventually becoming a single mother of four and a community rights leader in upstate Rochester, New York. This story told by her son, filmmaker Sam Hampton, is a unique case study of an African American woman migration to a better life and her challenges and discoveries along the way; her story captures the cultural significance of the south among African Americans moving north at that time and its influence on the social changes taking place during 1960-1970 in the communities of upstate New York. This film serves to demonstrate how change can take place through the dedicated efforts of individual community members, inspired and invigorated by a unity of progressive dialogue and action.