East Bay

Not a Genuine Black Man

Copeland grew up in San Leandro when it was ranked one of the most racist suburbs in America. Segregation, housing discrimination and police harassment welcomed him when he moved to San Leandro with his parents in 1972. Congressional hearings and federal investigations were conducted, and through a series of media inquiries and court cases the city started to change. Copeland lived through it all and turned his story into one of San Francisco’s longest running one-man shows. He shares with us his comedic and touching tale about a part of California history mostly forgotten.

Location: Lafayette Veterans Memorial Hall, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

January 11, 2010

Brian Copeland

Actor; Host, KGO Radio; Playwright, “Not a Genuine Black Man”; Author, Not a Genuine Black Man