San Bernardino – Earlier this month, the Social Lites, Inc., Beautillion Knights spent a weekend learning lessons in history and building capability in the employment application process.
The young men saw the play, “Port Chicago 50,” at Rialto High School. Through the play they relearned that in 1944, segregation in the United Sates was prevalent and World War II was in full swing.
The play takes place in the City of San Francisco, where African-American soldiers at Port Chicago were being pushed by their commanders to load ammunition and other explosives onto two large ships. Not one of these men were properly trained to handle dangerous cargo.
Port Chicago was changed forever when, one night, explosions rocked the area, knocking out windows and shaking buildings as far east as Boulder City, Nevada. On the night of the tragedy, 320 seamen lost their lives—most of them from the segregated Blacks units. Not one officer among the higher ranks was willing to take responsibility for the tragedy.
In addition to watching the play, the young men participated in a workshop facilitated by community leader Marlene Davis, Executive Director, Bethune Center for the National Council of Negro Women, to work on resume writing and interviewing techniques for future employment opportunities.
The group meets weekly, Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino. The 51st Beautillion program will commence on March 24, 2018 at the National Orange Show, 689 S E Street, San Bernardino.
For more information about Social Lites, Inc., Beautillion Knights program, contact Chairperson Donna Little-James at (909) 528-9793 or Co-chairperson Bridgette Shaw at (909) 648-6165 or the Publicity Chairperson Twillea Evans-Carthen at firstname.lastname@example.org.