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.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeff Croley says:

    I am sure you are excited about the upcoming documentary film release. Congratulations on the project and your many other initiatives. I applaud your work and willingness to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

    My name is Jeff Croley, a 24 year educator, Theater Director, and Co-Founder of the DeWitt and Michigan Creativity Groups. I am reaching out to see if you might be willing to be the keynote speaker at our National Honor Society Induction Ceremony in early December. The points of emphasis or themes of the event include four pillars: 1) Character 2) Leadership 3) Service and
    4) Scholarship — all of which you seem to possess. I listened to your recent radio interview and look at out further information online and feel like you would be a perfect fit for the evening. I understand you are about empowering young people and are using creativity, empathy, and passion as tools do so. Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in. The audience would consists of about 125 high school students and their family members along with other educators.
    Feel free to contact me at croleyjeff@gmail.com.
    Keep up the good work.
    All the best,


    1. Hi, Jeff Croley!
      I appreciate your message. Thank you for tuning in to the interview.
      I will forward your request to Mr. Hubert Roberts.
      Geri Alumit Zeldes


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