Something to remember, as we enter a new year: Yesterday's history, Tomorrow is a mystery and Today is a gift, that's why it is called "the present". [Via]

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Compared to what? Pullman Porters 1926

Set in 1926 West Oakland's Prescott Oakland Point neighborhood, at the end of the transcontinental railroad and the beginning of social and economic mobility for African Americans through the founding of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

This compelling story centers around two veteran Pullman porters rooming in a Prescott Oakland Point boarding house where their tales of unbearable working conditions unfold. Other characters include an Irish immigrant boarding house owner and a wealthy African American club woman, illustrating the diversity of the Prescott Oakland Point community during that era. A young male character, recently migrated from the rural south to potentially find work as a porter, helps personify the intergenerational dependence and impact of the Pullman Porter profession on African American’s social and economic mobility in the US after the civil war.

“These porters stayed the course for more than 11 years to achieve respectable working conditions,” says playwright Judith Offer. “They are high on my list of heroes. This play will reaffirm your belief in the rights of all working Americans. This is a labor story, an Oakland story, and a love story,” Offer added.

COMPARED TO WHAT? an Anniversary Productions offering, written and directed by Judith Offer, will be performed May 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8:00pm and May 12 & 19 at 4:00pm at the First Christian Church, Fellowship Hall, 111 Fairmont Ave., Oakland, CA.

But we need your help to put on a great show!

Support COMPARED TO WHAT? and watch Oakland history come to life!

For more details on the play, photos and bios of the cast, plus historical images of Pullman Porters and Oakland visit us on Facebook at: