COSMO-D recaptures the legacies of courageous people who risked so much from economic reprisals to life, to intimidation and threats of their lives to challenge the abuses of power, people who demanded respect of their rights and for all those who claim the USA as their homeland. To promote, teach, and engage in community development activities using lessons learned from the footprints of those struggles. Cosmo-D Productions is a family-owned business.
WILLIAM "Cosmo-D" DICKERSON-WAHEED
Waheed "Cosmo-D" is the first Black American to produce a film documentary on the Browder V Gayle case, the plaintiffs, and the true story of the background of the boycott. The first screening was held in 2005 at Alabama State University and State of Alabama Department of Archives and History. He is an Independent, Documentary Film Producer, Author, Writer, Historian, Media Arts Instructor, and Community Activist whose social activism spans teen-age sharecropping days in North Carolina, the military, non-profit organizational work in New York City, California, and back to my roots in the rural south: North Carolina, Mississippi, and Alabama.
In Mississippi, he had the opportunity to work and learn from some of the greatest minds of the 20th and 21st Century. He became immersed in the ideas and works of the Black Arts Movement, (a coalition of SNCC activists, writers, musicians, and visual artists, activist academicians), Black Liberation Organizations, female activists and leaders. He owned and operated a book store and as a distributor for Third World Press where he came in contact with some of the most brilliant writers since the Harlem Renaissance. And it was in Mississippi that he begins researching the transformational ideas of the Montgomery Movement and how they employed them and thereby transformed and reset the wayward citizenship compass of the United States of America.
More Than A Bus Ride© film documentary and “More Than A Bus Ride Companion Curriculum Guide was produced to share the ideas and activities. He lectures conduct teacher training workshops, media arts workshops, and camps and his soon to be released manuscripts will give readers insight into the inner workings of the movement in 1955-56 that are relevant to our struggles today and in the future.