An Untold Story... 
SHARPENED:

Bill Sharp & the Untold Story of Blacks in Advertising

A documentary of a group of  Black men and women who fought to change the face of the advertising industry in the MAD MEN era of 1960s Chicago and Bill Sharp, the man who helped them do it.


The Trailer Is Now Available For 
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Why this slice of history is important ...

This is an American story of a Black man of the racially  turbulent Civil Rights '60s who willed himself into a hidden industry that didn’t expect a Black person to be qualified or succeed.

Once he broke through barriers into the advertising business, he opened doors for other minorities and launched the first Basic Advertising Course in Chicago in 1967.

This extraordinary group of students created advertising campaigns that became part of the shared American culture and helped shape the times. 

Lincoln Stephens Co-Founder, The Marcus Graham Project
Blacks are under represented in the advertising industry personnel. The issue is as accute today as it was in the 1960s

“By the year 2020 there will be 1.4 million job openings in advertising, marketing, and media. Not only do we need to prepare people to be aware of those jobs, we need to ensure that these jobs are filled by qualified minority professionals. But at our current rate of hiring, it will be 2079 before the industry reflects the population of the country,”


 Dianne Sharp Parks
 Executive Producer, Daughter
There's a need to build awareness of the positive contributions of Blacks in American history and expose future opportunities.

"Our goal is to entertain and inform people about the influence of my father, a diversity trailblazer, who led  a group of Chicago ad men and women to change the face of advertising personnell.  Our documentary will entertain while informing viewers on the history and opportunities in this most culturally influential industry. "


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