Hiztorical Vision Productions

Hiztorical Vision Productions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in Auburn, AL in 2017 by historian educator Theo M. Moore II. Theo is passionate about history, particularly African American history that often goes unnoticed. For this reason, he established HVP to preserve local history and educate the masses through uplifting historic documentaries. “I am the type of person that when I learn new information, I want to share it with all who will listen.” - T. Moore, II HVP was born out of Theo’s desire to share uplifting information about African American history that is not always easily accessible or taught to the general public. “The films and projects we usually see of African Americans are from the victimization standpoint rather than a focus on the success stories of those who were civically engaged or made contributions to this country.” - T. Moore, II HVP desires to help local communities take back control of their narratives by working with them to produce historical short-film documentaries about the often-untold success stories of African Americans in their area. HVP also acts as a resource to educators, history lovers, and local organizations who want to provide enrichment material to educate the community, classroom, and nation.

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Meet Our Team

Theo M. Moore II

Chair/Executive Director

Theo M. Moore II founded Hiztorical Vision Productions (HVP) in 2017 to educate the public on the untold inspiring history of African Americans in the South. Moore is from Anniston, Alabama, where he attended Anniston High School and quickly excelled in sports. However, he had much more to offer to the world than just being an athlete, which he will begin exploring at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. At Troy University, Moore earned a B.S. in History and an M.S. in Post-Secondary Education-History. Currently, Moore is a Collections Manager at the Legacy Museum at Tuskegee University and a first-year Ph.D. student in the Integrative and Public Policy program at Tuskegee University. Lastly, Moore serves as the Executive Director of HVP, where he oversees all aspects and operations of the organization.

Before the establishment of HVP, Moore initially wanted to become an author with intentions of publishing research from graduate schoolwork. However, he was more concerned with how his work would reach audiences of different backgrounds, especially in low poverty areas. As a former U.S. history teacher in the Alabama School System for several years, Moore realized that technology has an astronomical effect on children and adult learning. As a result, Moore developed the idea to translate his books into short films to educate individuals of all demographics about the untold stories in African American history.

“I am overwhelmed with joy to see my vision manifest into reality. Now that I understand my purpose, I am going to press forward and help preserve our nation's hidden history one project at a time"… Theo M. Moore II.

Jocelyn Moore

Vice Chair

Jocelyn Moore was born and raised in Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, and home to many great leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. A Troy University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Mrs. Moore has volunteered for several local nonprofit organizations in her community. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she held many respected positions. Jocelyn Moore serves as the Vice Executive Director of Hiztorical Vision Productions. Her role is to use her skillset to protect the public interest in addition to maintaining the organization's mission, monitor production schedules, review several writing projects, and collaborate with committees but also monitor and strengthen them. As a student, Moore felt that African Americans' contributions to the fields of science, history, politics, and literature were often underrepresented in media, lectures, and textbooks. However, since joining HVP in 2017, she has had the opportunity to change that.

"African American history inspires me, and I feel that it is important for me to inspire others by sharing our history to equip them with the knowledge necessary to strive for excellence, leave a legacy, and motivate future generations." … Jocelyn Moore

"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity, there is beauty, and there is strength." Maya Angelou

Cortney Hawkins

Board of Director

Cortney Hawkins was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a 2013 graduate of Troy University, where she obtained her B.S in American and European History with a minor in Human Services. Hawkins's skill set matched with her passion for history led her back to Birmingham, Alabama, where she is an impactful staff member at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Further, She is scheduled to receive a Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law in May 2021. Ms. Hawkins has positioned herself to ensure that African American history is preserved and accessible to everyone on all facets.

Monica Denise Riley

Board Secretary

Monica Denise Riley is a community and electoral organizer that believes in the power of advocacy work.

"I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me." -Maya Angelou

Monica currently serves as the Alabama Grassroots Manager for the American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network. ACS CAN is the nation's leading cancer advocacy organization working every day to make cancer issues a national priority. In this role, Monica recruits, trains, and manages all of the Alabama volunteers. Teaching people how to advocate for themselves and their communities always have and continue to be one of her top priorities.

Stacey Pugh

Board of Director