In Celebration of Juneteenth
The 101 Club
Written by: Judith Bowman and Melvin Ishmael Johnson
Directed by: Melvin Ishmael Johnson
Thursday, June 19, 2015 7pm – 10pm
Successful political negotiations between FDR and Black leaders led to the formation of the 477th Bombardment Group in 1944. The Army Air Corps did everything in its power to make life for the Black officers a living hell. Rather than salute and take the derogatory treatment, this group of Tuskegee–trained pilots ready for duty in the Pacific planned a mutiny signaling their refusal to continue accepting the “separate but equal” doctrine. Their war began and ended at Freeman Field in Seymour, Indiana. This account retells that story.
The Play: The 101 Club refers to the number of Black Tuskegee Airmen placed under house arrest after refusing to agree to be treated in a “separate but equal” manner on base in Seymour, Indiana (April 1945).
About the Park: “Find Your Space at The Ford” is a new opportunity allowing creative projects to use the Ford Theatres’ public spaces this Summer. Art makers and enthusiasts of all levels were invited to bring their handcrafts, folk traditions, fine art, music, dance and theatre pieces under development onto the Ford Theatres’ entrance way and plaza throughout the summer season.
Ford Theatre – Edison Plaza
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Los Angeles, CA 90068
This outdoor event is wheelchair accessible and disability affirmative. Bring your own food and beverages.
Light refreshments will be available.
Vending opportunities exist for crafts, wearable art.
For other accommodations or more information, contact: