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#28DaysofBlackCinemaHistory: Maria P. Williams

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

In 1923, Williams became the first Black female film producer of "The Flames of Wrath" ("Flames of Wrath")— a silent film crime drama that she also wrote, directed* and acted in. *The title of "director" and "producer" was interchangeable in the Silent Movie Era.*⁠⁠

Not only was she a pioneering creative, but she and her husband Jesse L. Williams (not to be confused with the activist and actor/director of @greysabc fame,) were a Black film POWERHOUSE, as she also worked as secretary and treasurer of the Western Film Producing Company, where her husband Jesse served as president. ⁠⁠

In addition to their passion for producing, Jesse also operated a theater in Kansas City, MO where Maria served as assistant manager. ⁠⁠

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