Local’s Historical Play Opens in Novato June 23
Using the exact words from the Brown vs. Board of Education courtroom, and the words of Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, Alameda resident Dr. Cindy Acker created a commemoration of the landmark case in the form of a stage performance titled Brown vs. Board of Education: Words That Made a Difference. This year marks the 65th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, a U.S. Supreme Court decision that rendered segregation in public schools unconstitutional.
“To separate children from others of similar age solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community,” said Warren. “That may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.”
Acker wrote, produced and directs the Reader’s Play — the words of the case are read to music by various readers who “shine a light on individuals, ideologies and the transformative words which made a difference in the lives of African-American children.”
Warren’s granddaughter will be one of the readers. She provided Warren’s memoirs that Acker wove into a play. A question-and-answer session will follow the performance.
See the play Sunday, June 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Unity In Marin 600 Palm Dr. (Hamilton Center) in Novato. Admission is by donation. Pre-registration preferred at https://brown-v-board-juneteenth.eventbrite.com.
Acker is a published author and playwright who heads a Montessori preschool through middle school in Alameda, one of eight schools she founded. She served as consultant and policy adviser for schools in California.
For more information visit www.unityinmarin.org/events or call (628) 500-4489.