Mellody Hobson, seen here July 10, 2012, is known for her direct manner, drive and big heart. E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune, Featured Image
Capital Holdings V, a company controlled by the filmmaker and his financier wife, filed a motion Wednesday in Chicago federal Bankruptcy Court seeking to foreclose on the archives, citing the risk to their loan repayment and the iconic photo collection itself.
On Thursday, Lucas and Hobson issued a statement through their company expressing the need to preserve the Ebony archives.
“The Johnson Publishing archives are an essential part of American history and have been critical in telling the extraordinary stories of African American culture for decades,” the company said. “We want to be sure the archives are protected for generations to come.”