This documentary is the oral history of the Beckett Gardens housing development project, located at 16th and Mater streets, in the heart of North Philadelphia. Built in 1968 after the riots, Beckett Gardens was created to house low income families. Some forty years later, it has remained a beacon hope and a village of strength for everyone who resides there.
Much of UNIA’s growth in Philadelphia was due to the migration of African Americans leaving the South and attracted to the UNIA’s mission of self-determination and economic improvement.
This film focuses on John Coltrane, the legendary jazz musicians, during his time in Philadelphia, when he laid the foundation for his revolutionary approach to music. The film explores the community’s attempts to make his former home a cultural mecca for jazz aficionados around the world.