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A Farmer from Amber Valley - J.D. Edwards
These excerpts from director David Adkin's documentary A Farmer From Amber Valley is the story of Jefferson Davis Edwards, a black American in search of a freer life and full citizenship.   Edwards was one of the black Oklahomans who came to Canada in their struggle with the "Jim Crow" segregation laws of the southern United States.  Besides settling and raising his family at Amber Valley, Edwards also started the Amber Valley baseball team, an important part of the baseball lore of Western Canada.   

A Farmer from Amber Valley is one of the A Scattering of Seeds film series by White Pine Pictures.  The series celebrates the grit and character of unsung immigrants who staked their families and futures on a second chance in Canada.  These personal portraits celebrate the diversity of the first families who arrived in Canada to build a nation.

Clarence "Big" Miller
Clarence Horatius "Big" Miller grew up in Kansas, learning to play trombone and bass and developing his singing voice in the Kansas City blues style. He was a popular performer in renowned jazz venues such as Birdland in New York, the Cotton Club in Chicago, and Detroit's Flame Showbar.  Increasingly discouraged by racial tensions in the United States, Miller began touring in other countries. Working his way across Canada, he played Edmonton's The Embers, a jazz club founded by Tommy Banks.  He continued to return to Edmonton to perform and in 1970 "Big" made Edmonton his home. 
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