The Courage to Love

In pre-Civil War New Orleans, Vanessa Williams portrays the African American daughter of a plantation owner. Fighting her family’s wishes, she rejects the traditions of an arranged marriage and sets out on a journey fraught with danger. This inspiring true story of heroism and love illuminates the extraordinary life of Henriette Dalille, the first African-American saint.

Inspiring. Remarkable!  – The Dove Foundation

Awarded the “Family-Approved” Dove Foundation Seal


Director: Kari Skogland

Stars: Vanessa Williams, Gil Bellows, Karen Williams

This film features realistic drama, including the prejudices of the day, and a wealthy man sleeps with a twelve-year-old slave girl and impregnates her (though the scene is simply a discussion about it happening and nothing graphic is shown). The people around her are shocked to learn of this and support the girl and speak out against the man. By film’s end, the man has appropriately been humbled. Due to a few mature scenes like this, we are recommending the film for ages twelve plus. The film features scenes which include praying, following the call of God, caring for the sick, and other commendable themes. In one scene a black man saves a white man’s life, which reinforces the potential of people of all races accomplishing noble feats.

We are therefore pleased to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this DVD. It is inspiring and remarkable!

The Courage to Love