Vera Martin, age 89, was a longtime activist. Born in Natchez, MS, she was raised in the South, and later moved to California as a teenager. She worked for the county of Los Angeles in various positions, ending as a systems analyst. She was a board member of the National Black Gay & Lesbian Leadership Forum; served on the steering committee of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change; and was involved in the NAACP, the Urban League, CORE, Connexxus, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and Local 660 AFL/CIO. She had two children and several grandchildren. She lived in Apache Junction, AZ. She passed away on Oct. 3, 2012.

The Los Angeles Times Obituary for Vera Martin.....
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ABOUT THE FILM:
The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project (UBLEP)-{working title} is a feature-length documentary film highlighting interviews with black lesbian elders in their 60s, 70s and 80s from across the United States situating the elders’ stories within a range of historical movements, spanning the decades between the 1930s and the 1980s. Featuring 8-10 profiles of elders, UBLEP will reveal rare images of black lesbian life and history through the use of accompanying archival footage and personal ephemera. UBLEP will also bring to light a number of black lesbian underground movements, solidifying a black lesbian presence within overall American black history.

Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project primary mission is to ensure that the history of the black lesbian community is not lost amongst the new wave of documentary-based projects that are exploring the women’s rights movement in the United States as well as a range of black American movements. We also hope that by exploring the current lives of the women who laid the foundation of the current black lesbian community there can be some discussion and movement on how better to assist these women as they enter the later stages of their lives.

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