As incredibly busy as Michael was, he made the time to be a co-host of a film screening one evening in NYC in the Spring of 2014 along with civil rights organiser Robert Moses and Gina Belafonte. Michael was incredibly humble that night. He requested a modest introduction and spent most of his time talking about his admiration for Robert Moses who was the key organiser of the Freedom Summer campaign in Mississippi in 1964. Michael was as thrilled to meet Bob as Bob was to meet Michael. It was an evening I will never forget. What was being screened was a work in progress version (now complete) of a new feature documentary I directed called Dirt & Deeds In Mississippi which reveals the untold story of the vital role of Black landowners and independent farmers in the civil rights revolution of the 1960’s in the deep south. Serendipitously, there was a link between the screening venue and how I met Michael more than 25 years before. The screening was at Downtown Community TV Center in the former firehouse. It was at DCTV in the late 1970’s that I first learned video skills and first met Karen Ranucci who was a video instructor there. By the 1980’s I had met Michael through Karen and became a regular guest at their annual bar-b-que in upstate NY. The attached photo from left to right: Gina Belafonte, David Shulman, Charlayne Haynes, Robert Moses, Michael Ratner