by RevolutionaryLuv Jé Exodus Hooper, 2017 Mossler Fellow
In the fall of 2018, FrequencyHouse will present a 45-minute feature film premiering in New York City: Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness. Felix Adler (played by Ritchie Szoke, below left), the founder and philosopher of the Ethical Culture Movement, and W.E.B. DuBois (played by Joe Tolbert Jr, below right), the author of “the Souls of Black Folk” and activist-scholar, are re-imagined in a histo-contemporary retrospective. [Read about The First Pan-African Conference of July 1900.]
Adler and DuBois are expected to turn their theory into fury by addressing the United States and the imperial European Nations to “acknowledge and protect the rights of people of African descent” while preserving the freedom-rights of “Negro States” that are early identified as Abyssinia, Liberia, and Haiti. Advantageously, DuBois and Adler join forces together in spiritual-intellectualism that chastises the heart of humanity, only to realize that the struggle against racism and colonialism starts with new rules of engagement between themselves.
In this silent film, we journey with Adler and DuBois through a series of thoughts of poetic justice, choreo-movements of contentious equity, and a holy gaze of curiosity to understand each other for a greater cause. DuBois, after completing a variety of lectures and books, is endowed by spirit of rightness that stirs up a new love for the intersectionality of Africaniety; where all lives can’t matter until black lives matter. As a result, his passion becomes contagious to anyone who comes in contact with this conscious-kindness.
While traveling, Adler becomes a minority of early ethical humanist ideological practitioners who are actively challenged by a dehumanized people, whose primary ideals are to be recognized as human. He is also conflicted by other intellectuals, who reveal a hidden unethical-racist agenda for scholastic fame more than justice.
Through a constant uncanny moment of DuBois’s acquaintance, Adler “weighs the soul” of the young Negro leader and establishes a life-changing relationship that is solidified at the first Pan-African Conference at the Westminster Hall in London.
Throughout 2018, please be on the lookout for updates about cast, production members, and more. This work is not easy and requires so much support, time, research, and energy beyond just one creator. We are grateful to the production team and welcome further creative love- workers. This project has gained legs due the creative-scholastic efforts
of RevolutionaryLuv Jé Exodus Hooper, a recipient of the Mossler Fellowship of the American Ethical Union.
You can support the Humanitas film by donating online (select Humanitas Film Fund and/or mention it in Note section) or making a check out to American Ethical Union and putting “Humanitas Film” in memo section. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.