The End

The past is prologue. The Beginning of this 3-year/3-phased series of 50th anniversary celebrations acknowledging milestones in the history of the Inner City Cultural Center (ICCC) began in 2015, with a stopover in 2016. Now, at “The End” of the 3/3 process, we celebrate and acknowledge the 1967 inaugural season which took place 50 years ago. This past is prologue to a new beginning and a new chapter in the annals of the Center’s history. 

The Center foreshadowed events to come. Its 1967 inaugural season, a season of multi-cultural diversity and inclusion that launched a thousand careers, began an unheralded cultural and historical legacy in the city of Los Angeles, if not the nation.  Talents from all ethnicities gathered to create art, write and present classical and professional productions, and witnessed the dedication of the Langston Hughes Memorial Library.  Fundraisers by Hollywood royalty such as the wife of the late Gregory Peck, Ms. Veronique Peck, were held to support the Center and its library.  C. Bernard Jackson, the ICCC co-founder, artistic and executive director, envisioned the Hughes Library as a place for an “…. increased collection of documents and artifacts by and about the cultural and artistic life of the Afro-American, Asian-American, American-Indian and Spanish-speaking Americans…”.  The Inner City Touring Company, traveling around to the surrounding communities could, “… demonstrate some of the works created by minority authors, playwrights and composers.”  This was to be a cultural oasis in the urban cultural core of the inner city.

Even before multi-culturalism was a word in the English lexicon, its original genesis was the Inner City Cultural Center. Thus, the “O.G.,” i.e. the “original genesis” of the multi-cultural arts movement - full of diversity and inclusion - was the Inner City Cultural Center. This is the cultural and historical legacy that we will honor and preserve.

We acknowledge the inaugural season and present the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center Legacy and Diversity & Inclusion Awards, i.e. the LAICCC D&I Awards, to artists and cultural workers who have embraced the work of diversity and inclusion in their respective stage, screen or television careers.

Additionally, to honor and preserve the legacy of the Inner City Cultural Center and C. Bernard Jackson, the ICCC co-founder, artistic and executive director, we announce our plans to design and build the LAICCC C. Bernard Jackson Memorial Library (LAICCC CBJML). The LAICCC CBJML, will fulfill the original genesis of the 1967 inaugural season and library dedication, but now it will honor the man and his mission. As Mr. Jackson said, “Art may be the only tool we have left to save ourselves from destruction.” So, help us build The LAICCC C. Bernard Jackson Memorial Library and the vision of the society we imagine in our mind’s eye, a better world supporting the people’s art and cultural history with the LAICCC, C. Bernard Jackson Memorial Library. Thank you. The End? We doubt it. We have arrived full cycle and the past is indeed prologue. Thank you.The End

The past is prologue. The Beginning of this 3-year/3-phased series of 50th anniversary celebrations acknowledging milestones in the history of the Inner City Cultural Center (ICCC) began in 2015, with a stopover in 2016. Now, at “The End” of the 3/3 process, we celebrate and acknowledge the 1967 inaugural season which took place 50 years ago. This past is prologue to a new beginning and a new chapter in the annals of the Center’s history. 

The Center foreshadowed events to come. Its 1967 inaugural season, a season of multi-cultural diversity and inclusion that launched a thousand careers, began an unheralded cultural and historical legacy in the city of Los Angeles, if not the nation.  Talents from all ethnicities gathered to create art, write and present classical and professional productions, and witnessed the dedication of the Langston Hughes Memorial Library.  Fundraisers by Hollywood royalty such as the wife of the late Gregory Peck, Ms. Veronique Peck, were held to support the Center and its library.  C. Bernard Jackson, the ICCC co-founder, artistic and executive director, envisioned the Hughes Library as a place for an “…. increased collection of documents and artifacts by and about the cultural and artistic life of the Afro-American, Asian-American, American-Indian and Spanish-speaking Americans…”.  The Inner City Touring Company, traveling around to the surrounding communities could, “… demonstrate some of the works created by minority authors, playwrights and composers.”  This was to be a cultural oasis in the urban cultural core of the inner city.

Even before multi-culturalism was a word in the English lexicon, its original genesis was the Inner City Cultural Center. Thus, the “O.G.,” i.e. the “original genesis” of the multi-cultural arts movement - full of diversity and inclusion - was the Inner City Cultural Center. This is the cultural and historical legacy that we will honor and preserve.

We acknowledge the inaugural season and present the Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center Legacy and Diversity & Inclusion Awards, i.e. the LAICCC D&I Awards, to artists and cultural workers who have embraced the work of diversity and inclusion in their respective stage, screen or television careers.

Additionally, to honor and preserve the legacy of the Inner City Cultural Center and C. Bernard Jackson, the ICCC co-founder, artistic and executive director, we announce our plans to design and build the LAICCC C. Bernard Jackson Memorial Library (LAICCC CBJML). The LAICCC CBJML, will fulfill the original genesis of the 1967 inaugural season and library dedication, but now it will honor the man and his mission. As Mr. Jackson said, “Art may be the only tool we have left to save ourselves from destruction.” So, help us build The LAICCC C. Bernard Jackson Memorial Library and the vision of the society we imagine in our mind’s eye, a better world supporting the people’s art and cultural history with the LAICCC, C. Bernard Jackson Memorial Library. The End? We doubt it. We have arrived full cycle, as the past is indeed prologue.



Thank you.


 

 



 

2017 CBJ LAICCC 50th ANNIVERSARY

Message from the Chair

​Ernest Dillihay