January 16, 2014
A "Black and Brown Anthology" will launch Black History Month at Mt. San Jacinto College at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the San Jacinto campus theater. The performance is free and open to the public.
The Anthology combines dance, drama and vintage film clips to showcase American history of Black and Mexican American people from the slavery to the present. Historically accurate, the performance will be "entertaining and fun to watch," according to Trina Parks, artistic director and choreographer. It will feature a multiracial cast of eight dancers and singers.
The anthology opens with "The Slave Block," as women and children are sold as slaves in the 1700 and 1800's. Vintage film clips projected in the background behind the dancers serve as a mini-documentary. The anthology includes a dramatic scene called "Madam Sul Te Wan." It portrays the first African American actress in silent films in the United States
The performance continues, scene by scene, including Southern chain gangs and railroad workers. In the 1950s and '60s, Cesar Chavez and farm workers are featured along with Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Mary Lou Williams, an African American composer.
Organic by nature, the performance is open to growth and evolution, Parks said, with future scenes including war veterans from the Tuskegee Airmen to the war in the Middle East.
Trina Parks is an actress and vocalist, dancer and choreographer. She was the first African American to play a "Bond girl" in "Diamonds are Forever" with Sean Connery as 007. She was also the first African American to be featured in the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies in Palm Springs where she sang and danced for six years. She has appeared in scores of movies and stage productions.
Parks is the founder of the Palm Springs Historical Dance Theater Company, which produces the Black and Brown anthology.
The MSJC San Jacinto Campus is located at 1499 N. State St., San Jacinto, 92583.
Seating is limited. For reservations or more information on this event, please contact Willie Hamilton, Full Professor, Political Science Chair, Department of Society and Behavior: email@example.com
or 951-487-3685 or Tamara Smith, MSJC History Professor, at firstname.lastname@example.org