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Elizabeth Evelyn Wright: Her Legacy of Land, Labor & Learning

A 25-year-old Black woman from rural Georgia risks her life to found a school for African-Americans in South Carolina.

  • Marti Chitwood Covington
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 21, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    44,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Black Magic
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  • Student Project:
  • 125th Anniversary
    Denmark, South Carolina
    United States
    April 7, 2022
Director Biography - Marti Chitwood Covington

Marti Covington works as a writer/producer from Atlanta, GA.

Her professional life started in television news. She worked as an anchor and reporter in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois before earning her degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She moved to Atlanta, GA where she worked as a producer or writer for CNN International, WSB-TV (a Cox station), WGCL (a Tribune station) and WTBS in original programming. A feature on outside art she produced in that department earned her a SE Segment Producing Emmy.

Marti then took a long-term contract with Atlanta Public Schools to research, write, host and produce a 10-part documentary video series titled African-American Culture: A Second Look. The late Dr. Asa Hilliard III mentored her throughout the project. It aired on an Atlanta PBS channel and later was copied and used as a teaching resource for all 150 APS schools.

She went on to produce other documentaries and features while also gaining a reputation as a strong writer for speech presentations. She is the ghost-writer of seven published books and co-author a publication for the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

During the early stages of the pandemic, Marti produced and hosted a podcast which aired on an Atlanta NPR station. She returned to podcasting in 2023 by creating 24 separate docu-sessions for an organization celebrating 90 years of history. The Atlanta Business League awarded her with is first Member of the Year because of her efforts.

Marti describes the 2022 production of “Elizabeth Evelyn Wright: Her Legacy of Land, Labor & Learning” as a technically challenging documentary.

Marti now spends time working on historical screenplays. She has two full features both have reached semi-finals in recognized script writing competitions - simultaneously. She has also completed one short and started research on a third project which is something she calls “pandemic sci-fi”.

Marti pays bills as a speech writer and speech presentation coach. Some clients have used her services for more than 15 years. She is also shopping a reality show based on African-American hair.

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Director Statement

Use your cell phone to interview the oldest person you know about anything they want to discuss. Then buy a hard drive and store all of those memories in one place. That's the best way to preserve history.