‘The Movement,’ About the Ever-Changing African-American Experience, Comes to Cal State San Bernardino

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Emmy award-winning actor Ron Jones will portray several characters in “The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle” as part of Cal State San Bernardino’s Conversations on Diversity series, hosted by the University Diversity Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

“The Movement” will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center. The event is free and open to the public. Parking at CSUSB is $6.

A production by Dialogues on Diversity, a social justice and diversity theater company, “The Movement,” is a one-man performance about the ever-changing African-American experience. It is a visual chronicle that highlights numerous political, social and cultural markers of the roughly 50 years since passage of the Voting Rights Acts of 1965.

“Supported by interactive video, stock historical footage, quotes and some of the most memorable music of the last two generations, Jones weaves the tapestry of struggle and triumph,” the Dialogues on Diversity website says. “These developments created the fastest cultural expansion of any group in American history, as a culture and a nation, we are still dealing with these positive and negative ripple effects. The power of the vote enabled much of the movement that protest and boycott could not alone.”

Jones, who takes on 10 personas during the production, tells the stories of both the best and worst African-American experience — from “Black Power 60s,” to the “Blaxploitation 70s,” to the “Cosby 80s” and through the “Post Racial” new millennia.

Jones has been an actor, director and trainer for more than 20 years, and was awarded the Boston/New England Regional Emmy of the National Academy of Television, Arts and Science in 2002.

To find out more about Dialogues on Diversity and “The Movement: Fifty Years of Love and Struggle,” visit its website.

For more information about CSUSB’s Conversations on Diversity series, visit the University Diversity Committee website.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit inside.csusb.edu.

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