Fifty Years of Race Relations
Spoken Word by Authoring Action:
Justin Maxwell, Nonnie Christine Egbuna, Christian Rhony
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was one of the most significant pieces of legislation ever passed in U.S. history. It gave significant political traction to the strides made by the civil rights legislation recently passed, and gave Blacks in America political leverage that the civil rights movement could not do on its own. The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle is a visual chronicle which highlights many of the political, social, cultural markers of the almost 50 years since the passage of this landmark legislation.
This theatrical production features EMMY Award winning actor Ron Jones playing multiple characters which will take the audience through a multifaceted journey through the ever-changing face of the African American experience. Supported by interactive video, stock historical footage, quotes and some of the most memorable music of the last two generations; Jones will weave the tapestry of struggle and triumph which made for the fastest cultural expansion of any group in American history and the effects it has had on our cultural self-perceptions even to this day. It is impossible to downplay the role that the vote made on making much of these changes possible.
Through both the comedic and poignant; the show’s characters will tell of the great struggles that have been met and of many that still challenge us. From the “Black Power 60’s”, to the “Blaxploitation 70’s”, into the “Cosby 80’s” and through the so call “PostRacial” new millennia; The Movement is a survey of the best and sometimes worst of the African-American experience.
The performance will be followed up by an open discussion with the audience about the content of the show. The hope is that this performance will use the 50th Anniversary of this landmark law to engage people in a discussion about culture, politics and policy.