REMEMBERING THE VELVETS June 18, 2022 Feature Documentary TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT
CHAMPIONS OF RACIAL RECONCILIATION
This event will be a celebration of the Velvets, the magical music they created, and the meteoric rise from challenging beginnings in Odessa, Texas to worldwide fame.
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We want to value their legacy and publicly acknowledge the vision, courage, talent, truth, and overcoming spirit that made their incredible journey possible. We also want to recognize the prejudice and injustice of their day and how they overcame it. We want to tell the story well and in a spirit of honor and humility. Finally, at the end of the day, we want this event to remind everyone there of something transcendent...that we are one blood... and that LOVE is just as real today as it was to the Velvets.
JUNE 18, 2022 at 2 pm in the afternoon, THE VELVETS will be remembered in their founding city of ODESSA/MIDLAND greater communities to celebrate RACIAL RECONCILIATION. One of the leaders in DOO-WOP groups founded by Virgil Johnson and four students from Blackshear High School hit the charts in the sixties thanks to the mentoring of up and coming musical legend Roy Orbison.
Robert Earl Thursby is the last remaining VELVET from Odessa, Texas who lives in Oahu, Hawaii and he will be returning stateside to his hometown in Texas. This will be part of the dedication of a VELVETS historical marker in front of the high school followed by an afternoon to remember! Joann Davenport Littleton, who has been serving as the leader for Juneteenth since 1999 will be featured along with many amazing Odessa leaders!
From foundations, sponsors, commercial organizations and individuals, the VMFA organization has employed OCEANIA ENTERTAINMENT to film the apex of their exciting new feature length documentary that brings all races together. Dr. Kevin McAfee and Jim Gromer, award winning filmmakers will be capturing this exciting event.
A veteran film team with OCEANIA OMNIMEDIA also involves the African Academy Award Winner Dr. Miller Bargeron who will be producing the event. Mark this exciting date on your calendar and be part of THE VELVETS as we use this opportunity to bring people of every race together under one group to celebrate the family of man.
Dick Clark had them charting on American Bandstand and the group worked with the Coasters, Ike and Tina Turner, the Everly Brothers and were recently recognized by the legendary music icon, Pat Boone. Don't miss this exciting afternoon and remember, TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT, the big hit of the group, along with many others will be remembered. Along with the special event, wonderful testimonies from the people in the industry will be LIVE!!!
Special thanks to the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, the Black Chamber of Commerce of the Permian Basin, the Black Cultural Council of Odessa, the City of Odessa Mayor's office and city officials and colleges nearby. Be a part of donating through VERITAS MISSION FILMS on this very site by clicking on the DONATE page. When you give to this cause, you are opening up Heaven's Door to work and see how music can impact culture with hope.