On Monday, June 19, 2017, Old Dillard Museum held its annual Juneteenth Celebration with special guests including the Metropolitan Diversity Theater Company and visual artist George Gadson.
Members of the Metropolitan Diversity Theater Company performed as Broward County civil rights pioneers. They spoke about life during historical time periods from their characters’ perspectives. The cast included: Charles Webster as Dr. Von D. Mizell; Carl Dixson as George Burrows; David Wright as George Allen; Tony Thompson as Dr. Calvin Shirley; Ebony Kennedy as Eula Johnson; Bernishka Butler as Agnes Burrows; and Jarryd Arden as Alphonso Giles.
Local artist George Gadson spoke to the audience about creating his Sankofa sculpture for Sistrunk Boulevard. He explained how the statue is a gateway to the community and a visual sense of pride for residents. He brought the cast of the statue to show how he makes his statues.
Guests learned about civil rights with a pioneer bingo game that shared important accomplishments in African-American history in Broward County.