California Legislature/Gov Schwarzenegger Present Proclamation To Black Stuntmens Association
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Recognizing the historic founding of the Black St
untmen’s Association and the Coalition of Black Stuntmen and Women. Whereas a group of African-American stuntmen, athletes, and extras founded the Black Stuntmen’s Association in Los Angeles, California, in 1967 to combat…
The Smithstonian Institute Includes The Black Stuntmen/women in the Permanent African American Exhibit.
Black Stuntmen’s Assoc meet with Smithstonian staff with Shelly Berkley in Washington DC. The Smithstonian breaks ground on the new wing which will house the permanent exhibit Of African American History to include the history and contributions of the Black Stuntmen/women’s Association. Slated for completion in 2013. Smithsonian Institution photo by Dane A. Penland!
BSA Stunt woman Jadie David
Shelley Berkley Presents Concurrent Resolution From The House Of Representatives.
Statement by Senator Harry Reid Honoring The Black Stuntmen’s Association and Coalition of Black Stuntmen Men and Women Mr. President, I rise today to acknowledge a group that has created opportunities for countless African American men and women in the film and television industry. I rise to introduce this Senate Concurrent Resolution honoring the Black Stuntmen’s Association and the Coalition of Black Stuntmen and Women for their efforts to not only integrate, but enhance the television and film industry. This is a companion Resolution identical to H.CON.RES. 190 introduced by good friend, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley. I take great pride in introducing this Resolution not only because these individuals knocked down the walls of racial discrimination, but also because many of these pioneers now reside in my home state of Nevada.
Founded in 1967, the Black Stuntmen’s Association was created to combat practices that denied black stuntmen the opportunity to perform in Hollywood productions. Prior to their advocacy and activism, stunts for black actors were done by white performers “painted down” to a darker complexion. The organization filed lawsuits against several major movie studios to help bring an end the discriminatory practice and to ensure equal opportunity and access to the stunt roles for all races,
Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association went on to redefine the profession, performing in iconic films and television programs such as “Dirty Harry,” “I Spy,” “Uptown Saturday Night” and “Buck and the Preacher.” Last year at the NAACP 102nd Annual Convention in Los Angeles, representatives of the Black Stuntmen’s Association participated in a panel discussion about the intersection of entertainment professionals and activism.