Resident Converts Historical Play on Race and Education to Zoom

Resident Converts Historical Play on Race and Education to Zoom

Sun Staff Reports

Alameda resident, educator and playwright, Dr. Cindy Acker, has recreated her revolutionary play, Words That Made the Difference: Brown vs. the Board of Education for the zoom era. The performance will stream internationally on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Words That Made the Difference: Brown vs. the Board of Education is set in the courtrooms of history, capturing the actual words from the court cases that culminated in “Brown vs The Board of Education.” The words include that of Thurgood Marshall and Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, bookends of the fight for desegregation of schools.

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kan., was a landmark 1954 Supreme Court case in which the justices ruled unanimously that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitution¬al. Among the cornerstones of the civil rights movement, the case helped establish the precedent that “separate-but-equal” educa¬tion and other services were not, in fact, equal at all.

The performance includes Alameda residents: Amos White as Thurgood Marshall, Brionna Robinson as the Narrator, and Bryan French behind the scenes as production assistant.

As California has faced a recent court order to desegregate a school district, the landmark case Brown vs. the Board of Education has continued meaning as the nation struggles with the need to be an anti-racist society. History is repeating itself in Marin City with the first court ordered de-segregation case in 50 years.

Viewers can participate in a live question and answer session with special guests providing their reflec¬tions. Playwright Cindy Acker and Dr. Itoco Garcia, the Sausalito Marin City School District Superintendent (who received the court order to desegregate his district) will discuss the play and Garcia’s plan to create a national model program.

The performance and discussion are sponsored by Unity In Marin of Novato and Saturday Night Alive for the GlobalPeaceTribe.com.

Pre-registration preferred online and costs $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Visit https:// unityinmarin.churchcenter.com/ registrations/events/631559 to learn more. For more information, email admin@unityinmarin.org or call (415) 475-5000.