He set the precedent. At a time where the motion picture industry was only covering stories told for and by a certain demographic other than Black, Oscar stood alone and challenged the status quo.
He is my hero, a role model and a pioneer. The first Black independent filmmaker who paved the way for everyone else to carry the torch and set ablaze the entire movie industry.
– CEO of Rise Celestial Studios Honors Oscar.
Oscar Devereaux Micheaux(US: /mɪˈʃoʊ/ (listen); January 2, 1884 – March 25, 1951) was an African-American author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films. Although the short-lived Lincoln Motion Picture Company was the first movie company owned and controlled by black filmmakers, Micheaux is regarded as the first major African-American feature filmmaker, a prominent producer of race film, and has been described as “the most successful African-American filmmaker of the first half of the 20th century”. He produced both silent films and sound films.