AS SEEN ON
The "Hire Me or Run Me Over" movement had a goal of integration construction union in the late 1960s. Nate Smith, labor leader, was at the helm of this successful movement.
WHO AM I?
My father was the chief strategist, lead negotiator and over all right hand man to Nate Smith and the "Hire Me or Run Me Over" movement. My father also was an amateur photographer and filmmaker that captured the essence of this labor rights movement through stills and 8 mm.
That filmmaker spirit also runs through me, and it wasn't until his death, that I began to pour through his images and films. It was then that I truly realized the impact of their work. At that moment, I made a vow to ensure their story would be shared with the masses.
Nate Smith was an ex-prize fighter and heavy machine operator that through sheer determination, a militant stance and unconventional tactics fought for the rights of the poor and minorities to gain equal access to the exclusionary unions of the 1950's,60's and 70's. This unsung leader is credited with founding the nations first minority-run pre-apprentice training program.
In 1970, he founded The Pittsburgh Plan, the nations first collaborative plan that helped create jobs for minorities through the mutual efforts of government, unions, and activists to ensure the inclusion of African Americans into building trade unions. Over 1250 men and women were hired over the first four years, and an additional 17,000 over the course of the program nationwide.
To make it plain, this meant that nearly 20,000 men, women, and minorities were paid at a union wage and could actually live versus just survive.
But these successes did not come without a cost. Nate was subject to multiple death treats, drive-by shootings and the dousing of his son with gasoline and set ablaze! Nearly costing him the life of his only son, Nate Smith Jr.
Nate made these sacrifices because he believed that every man should be able to eat "bacon and eggs on Sunday morning."
Nate and my father were successful in their fight for the unemployed and underpaid, but the magnitude of their accomplishments has been grossly under celebrated until now. This movie is the celebration of what the DETERMINATION of a underdog can do.
We have a goal of $50k and a stretch goal of $100K to cover the final screenplay editing costs, marketing, and remaining development expenses for the screenplay. We need absolutely the best screenplay finisher, line editor, and publicist to complete this final phase of screenplay development.
If we get over 25,000 supporters from the start, this is very possible. Imagine if each of you found 3 friends and got them to contribute just $1.
25,000 friends of the campaign x $1 +
25,000 friends of the campaign x 3 of their friends x $1
We tell a lot about ourselves by the stories we choose to support and share. Please show us that you know an important story when you see it and pledge today.
Every single dollar counts. Every new contributor adds to our success.
Other Ways You Can Help
Guess what! If you can’t contribute monetarily, you can still support this project by getting the word out. If you’re on social media, share this story. Stay engaged with the conversation that we have on Facebook; tweet about us; read and share our blogs; tell your family and friends to do the same.
One-of-A Kind Limited Run Artwork -
Exclusive Drawing by Renowned Artist with Direct Link to Civil Rights Movement- Anire Mosely
- Add to your art collection and also have a story to tell each and every time that someone asks you about it. Anire Mosely took months to come up with perfect piece to embody the essence of Nate's life-long work.
- Be one of only a few who will own one of these personally signed pieces of art.
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Getting this story out will place yet another much needed entry
in the history books, stimulate and perpetuate constructive conversation
regarding the employment in the US, and be a call-to-action for those leaders
who lay-in-wait. We need more Nate
Smiths! My wife and I have been leaders
in the business world for a combined total of over four decades. We've completed projects and IT implementation for the premier hospitals and health- systems and networks throughout America successfully and will use all of our expertise to making this project
Risks & Challenges
People value transparency. We are very confident that we will be able to achieve our goal, however, we also understand that the industry can be very difficult to navigate, especially for those outside of the entertainment circle. We understand the difficulty of getting a movie like this to market, however, we also understand that the social climate is perfect for this type of story and the likelihood of acceptance of a story like this by industry leaders is great. We have obtained professional input from producers who have had major motion pictures within the past two years and they have given us valuable input as well as a vehicle and access to get the movie done- a great finished product, which is where we need your help. Nate’s story is phenomenal, but a well-crafted screenplay is what is needed so the world will know.
Film: The Man Behind Black Monday
Thank you for contributing to the making of this historically significant film, The Man Behind Black Monday. Your donation demonstrates your understanding of the social relevance of this project and why it must be made. Know that your participation will help bring this important story to life; while also inspiring and stimulating important conversation that this nation desperately needs. Again, our most sincere gratitude for believing in this story. #NateSmith #BACONandEGGS #TMBBM