Hubert Roberts served 17.5 years of a 16.5- to 25-year prison sentence for conspiracy kidnapping and assault of a man, who stole $1,700 in quarters and small bills from Roberts’ home. Roberts had collected the coins as an employee of Buford vending company.
In 1999, he was granted parole and worked in the Detroit area until he was allowed to move back to Flint. Shortly after his release, Roberts underwent several unsuccessful surgeries to remove a pituitary tumor that he manages with the help of, he says, great doctors and medication.
Roberts has since worked through the challenges that former inmates face as they re-settle into communities, and in the process, he’s emerged as a community leader and mentor in Flint.
The documentary film explores Hubert Roberts’ life and his mission to educate Flint’s population about Black culture.
Along with the documentary, MSU Transdisciplinary Artist in Residence, Stacey Fox is designing a comic book based on the film in an effort to have a positive impact on the Black community and as one way to help tell this story.
This project was made possible by the Heritage Grants program provided by the Michigan Humanities Council and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.