“Generational Black Pioneers – Featuring Oceanside Firsts” is a multimedia theatrical program featuring powerful and impactful moments from the 1960s to the present focused on depicting the turmoil and challenges that brought long-awaited change.
This will be the second annual production of “Generational Black Pioneers.” The first was held in February 2023 and resulted in a sold-out show, which was enthusiastically received. Rushell Gordon, owner of Bliss Tea and Treats, Kristi Hawthorne, Director of the Oceanside Historical Society, and Linda Bisesti, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Theatre and New Dance at Cal Poly Pomona collaborate to bring to life real stories of struggle and triumph.
While set in the 1960s amid the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, the production draws a comparison to the struggles still faced by black Americans today. Stories will encompass the history of the early black church in Oceanside, the first black teachers in Oceanside’s school district, the first black mayor Terry Johnson, the first black police chief Kedrick Sadler, and the first black President of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Robbie Hass.
February 17th, 2024
February 18th, 2024
Unfortunately, tickets for this event are no longer available.