Charles Lampkin Presents: The Last 5ive People on Earth Part 1
Written and narrated by Daniel Bruno, Chartered Market Technician. Based on the essay Bad Dreams From My Grandfather (Professor Charles Lampkin).
Professor Charles Lampkin. Cleveland Central High School class of 1933. Ohio State Colleges Debate Club Champion 1939, 1940 and 1941. Virginia Theological Seminary class of 1941. B.S. in Theology and Education. Mentored by Langston Hughes in New York City. Conducted Paul Robeson and the American Peoples' Chorus in Ballad for America at Madison Square Garden, June 26, 1944. Logged 40,000 miles with the USO hospital show entertaining wounded U.S. troops during World War II. Landed a major dramatic role in the first Hollywood production about nuclear war, FIVE (1951) , written and directed by Arch Oboler. Charles Lampkin may be the first American Negro to be cast in a leading film role that did not require buffoonery, singing, dancing or sports.
Composer of classical music and jazz. Gave over 5000 lectures, concerts, workshops, symposiums and classes at high schools, colleges, universities, churches, synagogues and Indian reservations across the United States between 1935 and 1985. Appointed Professor of Music and Theatre Arts at Santa Clara University, San Jose, California, 1969-1981. Cast as Professor Loman in Alex Haley's Roots the Next Generations (1979).
On November 15, 1984, the City of New Orleans proclaimed Charles Lampkin Day and gave him the key to the city.
In 2011, Charles Lampkin's grandson Daniel Bruno founded the Charles Lampkin Foundation to continue his legacy and combat mis-education.
March 17, 2013 is Charles Lampkin Centennial Day.