Film, Video One tenth of a nation. Achievements Achievements / Container title: 10th achievements

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  • One tenth of a nation. Achievements

Other Title

  • Achievements
  • Container title: 10th achievements


  • This film series highlights the contributions of African Americans to their communities and the nation. In this film, the following people and their accomplishments are featured: Air Force pilot Daniel James, actress and model Vera Francis, architect Paul Williams, Eslanda of Eslanda's Bridal Services, women's glove designer Athalena Lathan, pop songwriter and shoeshine boy K.C. Ferguson, Golden State Insurance Company administrator Verna A. Hickman, dentist and member of the Los Angeles Police Commission J. Alexander Somerville, food editor for Ebony Magazine Freda DeKnight, typewriter speed champion Cortez Peters, model and radio personality Dorothea Towles, 65 year British Embassy employee Charles Browne, piano roll creator Lawrence Cook, and cartoonist Jackie Ormes.

Created / Published

  • [1953]


  • -  African Americans
  • -  African American businesspeople
  • -  James, Daniel,--1920-1978
  • -  Williams, Paul R.,--1894-1980
  • -  De Knight, Freda,--1910-1963


  • Educational films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Appearing: Daniel James, Vera Francis, Paul Williams, Eslanda, Athalena Lathan, K. C. Ferguson, Verna A. Hickman, Dr. J. Alexander Somerville, Freda DeKnight, Cortez Peters, Dorothea Towles, Charles Browne, Lawrence Cook, Jackie Ormes.
  • -  Possible production date based on events featured in the film. The President's lady, the film that Vera Francis appeared in, was released in 1953. Dorothea Towles began working in radio soon after December 1952 and quit in September 1953.
  • -  The production company is listed as American Newsreel in the collection inventory, but the credit does not appear on film and could not be confirmed in any secondary sources.
  • -  Sources used: Internet Movie Database, accessed March 3, 2020; Jet, Vol. III, no. 6, December 4, 1953, p. 13, accessed via Google Books; Jet, Vol. IV, no. 19, September 17, 1953, p. 13, accessed via Google Books; M/B/RS donor inventory (film inventory).


  • 1 video file (digital) (ca. 13 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

  • MacDonald (J. Fred and Leslie W.) Collection (Library of Congress)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2020600721

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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