february, 2024

sat24feb2:00 pm5:00 pmFree Panel and Reception | Oceanside's Black Pioneers - A conversation with those who have inspired us2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Oceanside Museum Of Art

704 Pier View Way

Event Details

Join in the conversation with the artists, creators, and living legends from the original multimedia theater performance that highlights Oceanside Black Firsts, "Generational Black Pioneers".
Watch the play live at the Oceanside Theater Company at The Brooks so you can be ready to be a part of the conversation. The production will be held on February 17 at 7:00pm and February 18 at 2:30pm. Find out more and reserve your tickets here. Then, join us at OMA for a free panel and reception on February 24.
Moderated by Kristi Hawthorn from Oceanside Historical Society, Rushell Gordon, entrepreneur/owner of Bliss Tea and Treats and producer of, "Generational Black Pioneers. Talking with Terry Johnson, Oceanside, and San Diego County's first black mayor; Robbie Hass, the first black President of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce; Lillian Adams, former Oceanside teacher, school counselor, OUSD School Board President and community advocate; and Eddie Parks, nephew of pioneering Oceanside businesswoman Charlesetta Reece Allen.
From the Oceanside Theater Company at The Brooks: "While the setting will be in the 1960s with the changes made during the Civil Rights Movement, and the turmoil of the Vietnam War, the production seeks to show the parallel of the very real struggles still being faced today. Stories will include the first black teachers in Oceanside’s school district, Oceanside and San Diego County's 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."



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