n Memoriam:

Georgia Brooks, 70

Georgia Brooks was a retired academic lab manager at a Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ. She was born and raised on a farm outside of Augusta, GA ; she moved to New York City at age 18. A longtime activist, she was involved in several black lesbian community groups in New York City and New Jersey, Including Jemima Writers Collective; African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change (AALUSC, formerly known as Salsa Soul Sisters), and the Committee for the Visibility of Other Black Women, the first black lesbian conference on the East Coast. She was also on the first board of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and was part of the Lesbian Herstory Archives collective. She is survived by two children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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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