My Mother's Journey
Sam Hampton, Director
Sam Hampton & Kirsten Hampton, Producer
About the Project
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.