"The People of Clarendon County"—
A Play by Ossie Davis, & the Answer to Racism!—in Connecticut
On March 17th at the United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 9A headquarters in Farmington, Connecticut, Dr. Jaime R. Torres, Onilaja Waters, Dr. Arnold Perey, and I spoke about our own lives and what we're so grateful to have learned from Aesthetic Realism. And we gave the background to the South Carolina history at the heart of Ossie Davis's 1955 play, "The People of Clarendon County," where courageous black parents risked death to legally challenge segregated education. I talked about conversations with Ossie Davis which led me to "unearth" his play, and why he shared my vision of its being performed in relation to what Aesthetic Realism explains. He said this combination could be powerful in fighting racism—and he was right!
Shown below are program participants.
At the conclusion, Steve Weiner and I led in the acknowledgement of unsung labor and civil rights pioneers in the audience—below, left to right, Muhammad Ansari , Geronimo Valdez, Yvette Wilds, Clarke King, and Jack Hasegawa.
(Story continues in the right column.)
"The Force of Ethics in Civil Rights"
— Based on the Oral History Project —
Presented in Co-Op City, Bronx, NYC
In February, Allan Michael, Steve Weiner, Mugga, David Bernstein, and I —introduced by Nettie Williams of JASA-Co-Op City in the Bronx—presented "The Force of Ethics in Civil Rights" Oral History Project, with clips selected from our archive of 200 videotaped interviews with unsung pioneers. The project's title is derived from a statement by Eli Siegel in his 1970 lecture, "What Is Working Now," that: "Ethics is a force like electricity, steam, the atom—and will have its way."
Speakers and unsung heroes celebrating the recent presentation of “The Force of Ethics in Civil Rights” at JASA Co-Op City Senior Center in the Bronx (above, l-r) Steve Weiner, Lorenzo Dufau, Alice Bernstein, David Bernstein, John Lemon, Mugga, Nathaniel Briggs. Photo credit: Joan Davis