Celebrating California’s Black Queen

I was quite heartened by the enthusiastic response from the visitors at the initial reading of Queen Calafia: Ruler of California at the William Grant Still Arts Center on Sunday, May 18, 2008.

The dynamic and beautiful Ursaline Bryant worked together with director Robert F. Ellerbee to put a scintillating flair into the words and the images.

The play, which I wrote based on my book Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4, tells the story of a black academic who finds herself within the Room of the Dons at a San Francisco hotel which features the images of Queen Calafia.

To learn more, visit queencalafia.com


One thought on “Celebrating California’s Black Queen

  1. Bismillaah Wal Hamdulillaah Wa As-Salatu WA As-Salamu ‘Ala Rasoolillaah Wa Ba’d:

    “By the soul and He who measured it and taught it what is evil and what is
    Piety (taqwa). Indeed he is successful who purifies his soul And indeed he is a failure who corrupts it” (Ash-Shams91:7-10)

    Good morning John, if I may call you by your first name.
    It seems that you’ve got a natural writing ability, and I hope that you will use it wisely, to teach our people about their real history! The fact that they are Indigenous, , Autochthon, and Aborigines to this land mass!

    It is not in the hopeless search for equality, in this corporate fiction (dubbed USA), as negros, blacks, afro-americans or colored, that freedom will be achieved, for these to are only fictions in law, titles given to chattel property. One must know his or her self and then set ones self on the path of truth in order to be free and equal to all of mankind!

    I invite all who read this to the truth, the straight, and righteous path of Al’Islaam
    And my final words are “La ilaha illa Allaah, Muhammahdar Rasoolulah!

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