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Lee Hagan: Connecting Generations

Antoinette Ellis-Williams is the writer. producer and director of the 2016 winner of the Newark Black Film Festival Paul Robeson Short Documentary Award for “Lee Hagan: Connecting Generations”

This documentary explores the life and legacy of Dr. Frank "Lee" Hagan at New Jersey City University (formerly Jersey City State Colle) and his surrounding community. The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, African American history and culture, family and faith played significant roles in shaping Dr. Hagan's philosophy and motivation for action. Dr. Hagan's friends and colleagues appearing in this film include Amiri Baraka, Dr. Clement Price, Dr. Judy Miller, Dr. William Maxwell and Professor Ben Jones.

This film seeks to bridge generational divides between younger hip-hop voices, upcoming politicians (Senator Cory Booker), and Dr. Hagan's generation. Where do we go from here? Dr. Hagan's life offers a template for "ordinary" people to effect extraordinary social transformation.

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