"Let us not forget that in every generation someone has to stand up for truth and right." Dabney

"In my experience, the only way to combat fear is with hope." Dabney N. Montgomery

From Selma to New York A Project of Shorts

"Let us not forget that in every generation someone has to stand up for truth and right."

Dabney N. Montgomery

From Selma to New York is a short, animated documentary about Dabney N. Montgomery, a civil rights activist, community organizer and Tuskegee Airmen. After graduating college with a Religious Education degree Dabney thought he would receive a calling to go into the ministry. Instead he was called to do something radical in his segregated hometown of Selma, Alabama. This historic tale, told in black and white animation, revisits a critical point in US history, a decade prior to the remarkable Selma to Montgomery March. Dabney stood up to the powers of government and the local police to protest the unjust laws. See how his courage transformed and empowered his life.


I met Dabney and his wife Amelia in 2007 when I was co-producing a documentary on the Tuskegee Airmen. Dabney always imparted wonderful and wise stories that I loved to hear over the years. From Selma to New York is a transformational story about faith and a critical moment that changed Dabney's life. It's a timely message, especially in light of the present day challenges we face as a country. Our elders, like Dabney, have the wisdom and abundant knowledge of experience that we can all learn from. I'm honored to share this story of Dabney's courageous journey to speak truth to power. He was one of the many greats we lost in 2016. As this story transports us through time I hope it moves you as it has me. Monika Watkins


Dabney N. Montgomery (FSTNY Story) at AME Zion Church in Harlem, New York, tells a story of one of the great moments of his extraordinary life. He participated in the historic Selma to Montgomery March as one of Martin Luther King, Jr's bodyguards but a decade before that he experienced another life changing event in his hometown of Selma, Alabama. This animated short film artfully shares his inspiring coming of age story. Dabney served in the US Military as a Tuskegee Airman during WWII, he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, a lifelong public servant, community activist, educator and man of God.

Monika Watkins (FSTNY Director/Producer) graduated with a Radio, TV, & Film degree from the University of North Texas. Since, she has produced a number of award winning documentaries that screened at film festivals such as Urbanworld Film Festival in New York, Chicago's International Film Festival, the Pan African Film Festival in LA, and the International DocuFest in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. She has also contributed to the production of TV shows and enjoys directing and producing videos and documentaries for non-profit organizations.

Brandon J. Bruce (FSTNY Character Artist) has worked as a professional artist for 18 years. Recently, He has been creating character and environment art for Console, PC, and Mobile games, on titles such as "Star Wars: The Old Republic and "Five: Champions of Canaan". He spent the majority of his career as a 3D modeler on various television and film projects, for clients including Sony, Dreamworks, and ABC Family. He also created character assets for the Academy Award Winning Short Film "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore".

Tad Davies (FSTNY Background Artist) is a Welsh Animator, Illustrator and Artist based in Cardiff, UK. He graduated with an Honours degree in Animation from the University of South Wales in 2015, and has worked on numerous projects including traditional animation, novel illustration, and films. He is passionate about storytelling, design and bringing vibrant characters to life in a variety of themes and styles.

The History Makers - Dabney N. Montgomery

NPR - Tuskegee Airmen, Martin Luther King, Jr. Bodyguard...

The Wall Street Journal - Dabney N. Montgomery on His Role with the Tuskegee Airmen

Congressional Record - Congressman Charles Rangel Honors American Hero, Dabney N. Montgomery

From left to right: Monika Watkins, Dabney Montgomery and Amelia Montgomery.

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