The Montford Point Marines

The Montford Point Marines

5 Episodes

In this film series of triumph and transformation, we journey with five African American Marines who rise from the segregated trenches of Camp Montford Point to etch their undeniable marks on history. One harbors a Sinatra-like voice amidst racial adversity, another charts an inspiring ascent in the Corps while remaining in love with his wife. We follow a Marine turned prominent architect, navigating the treacheries of the Korean War and the racial labyrinth of 20th-century America. Another excels in sports against the backdrop of brutality and prejudice, changing the Marine Corps and the Veteran’s Administration forever. The series culminates with a centenarian warrior reflecting on a lifetime crossing the battlefields of three wars, embodying the undying spirit and overlooked sacrifices of African American Marines. Together, their stories form a mosaic of courage, resilience, and an unwavering pursuit of the American dream, echoing their voices through the annals of the nation’s history.

The Montford Point Marines
  • The Jock: A Montford Point Marine

    Episode 1

    Directed by Daniel Leonard Bernardi

    The Jock: a Montford Point Marine unveils the harrowing yet inspiring journey of an American Marine from the segregated boot camp of Montford Point, North Carolina. Raised on the tough streets of Philadelphia, Dave Culmer is drawn to the Marines, enchanted by ...

  • The Singer: A Montford Point Marine

    Episode 2

    Directed by Eliciana Nascimento

    In The Singer: A Montford Point Marine, the enthralling journey of Henry Charles Johnson, one of the first African Americans in the U.S. Marine Corps, unfolds. Lured by the dignified Marine uniform and the allure of the G.I. Bill, he's abruptly thrown into the bar...

  • The Architect: A Montford Point Marine

    Episode 3

    Directed by Daniel Leonard Bernardi

    In this dynamic and dramatic short film, an African American veteran takes us on an extraordinary journey through the twists and turns of his life. From a chance visit to the Pentagon, where he stumbles upon a hidden photograph from his Marine Corps days, to g...

  • You Don't Know Jack: A Montford Point Marine

    Episode 4

    Directed by Daniel Leonard Bernardi

    In this compelling short film, we follow the life of a Montford Point Marine as he reflects on his experiences and the challenges he faced as an African American in the Marine Corps. Set against the backdrop of racial segregation and the horrors of war, the fi...

  • The Gunnery: A Montford Point Marine

    Episode 5

    Directed by Jesse Collier Sutterley

    In this heartfelt short film by Daniel Leonard Bernardi, Roosevelt Farrow, born in 1929 at the start of the Great Depression, shares his lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. Marine, despite the racial barriers of his time. Raised by his grandmother in humble con...