While researching Pearl Bailey, I saw similarities in Buckwheat's Journey, especially the outrage about his dialect.
It was on the movie set of Porgy and Bess"that Bailey won an early skirmish for black civil rights by demanding the elimination of "undignified and unnatural" Negro dialect from the George Gershwin folk drama.
"There's a lot of people out there waiting for a dialect, so let's talk the way we really talk, without the 'dems, doeses and deses,' " she told reporters. "We don't talk like that. Maybe we did 50 years ago, but not now."
In the ethnic fiction novel Buckwheat's Journey, Buckwheat learns about "Negritude," which means "Black is Beautiful." They go on an exciting escapade through Harlem!
Bert takes him to the Savoy Ballroom to see proud black people, dressed to the tee, and having fun!