'Bold As Love' is a feature film inspired by seven race riots, five of which are known as the worst incidents of racial hatred in the history of the United States of America.
DURING THE JIM CROW ERA, A BLACK ATTORNEY SENSES THE ONSLAUGHT OF A RACE WAR IN HIS TOWN BECAUSE OF THE KILLING OF A YOUNG WHITE GIRL. HE TAKES CASES DEFENDING THE BLACK MEN ACCUSED OF THE MURDER (WHO ARE INNOCENT). SIMULTANEOUSLY, HE PURSUES A ROMANCE WITH A BLACK GIRL WHO IS RAISED BY WHITE PARENTS AND HAS A MURKY SECRET ABOUT HER TRUE HERITAGE. HE ALSO IS BEING PURSUED BY A CHARACTER KNOWN ONLY AS THE MYSTERY MAN, WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE ON HIS SIDE.
This is the story of the political, social and economic conditions existing in the United States at the end of the nineteenth century into the twentieth century which prompted societal breakdowns and racial riots. In addition, it tells the story of how black people endured these challenges through the power of family, romance, laughter, and friendship.
Despite Jim Crow laws, blacks were starting to prosper. However, their progress was often met with envy and violence because whites simply did not want blacks to succeed or they feared that blacks would overtake them. Martin is keenly aware of the racial climate around the country and their causes- over 50 riots during the Red Summer Riots of 1919, Labor issues caused the East St. Louis riot of 1917, Voting Rights in the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898, Political Empowerment in the Atlanta riot of 1906, Springfield riots of 1908, competitive labor and housing markets in the Chicago riot of 1919, and racial injustice in the US military in the Brownsville riot of 1906. Martin is aware of the danger and warns the citizens of Tulsa that similar incidents of violence could materialize on their streets. Tulsa's black community is thriving. Blacks own shops, banks, and restaurants in the section of town called "Black Wall Street." However, the murder of a young, white lady named Nancy Lee, is used by the whites as a scapegoat to kill blacks and destroy their prosperity.
Martin seeks the attention of a love interest, Mary. However, the relationship has its complications. Mary's trapped between desiring to be accepted socially in a white community yet maintain her black heritage. Martin is confused about Mary's relationship with her white adopted parents, the Smiths. He questions whether they can identify with Mary because she is black. Mary, too, begins to have doubts about a relationship with Martin because of the misguided advice she receives from Rochelle. Rochelle's advice to Mary seeks to unnecessarily test the love of Mr. Smith and Martin.
Further jeopardizing Martin and Mary's relationship are the constant threats to Martin's life, which could have a direct impact on Mary's well-being as well.
Martin and Mary confide in Mr. Old Man Rusty for good, sound advice. Mr. Old Man Rusty is loved by everyone in the town. He warns Martin that his method of warning the town may be detrimental to the safety of everyone in town. He approves of Martin's and Mary's relationship. Mr. Smith is aware of the social problems plaguing the country and Tulsa. He advocates for social change with Martin who he likes very much. Mr. Smith even approves of Martin and Mary's relationship despite the fact he is overly protective of his daughter to the point he is willing to kill or be killed for her. Mr. Smith will have to prove his willingness to protect Mary at-any-cost when Martin smears another riot in the faces of Whites during the Nancy Lee case -- prompting the white men in town to revolt. Martin has an unlikely friend who is a Mystery Man with Klan ties. The Mystery Man suddenly appears on many occasions in Martin's life. Tragically, the personalities and prosperity witnessed in Tulsa are mercilessly leveled to rubble. Shockingly, Rochelle withholds some crucial information in order to save her own life instead of disclosing it to save the town.
Yet, despite the tragedies in Tulsa and other U.S. cities, minorities continue to thrive socially, politically and economically. They continue to be