Diana Elizabeth Jordan: Harriett’s Strength
Diana Elizabeth Jordan dramatizes the incomparable pain and immeasurable strength of a mother who desperately looks for her children, kidnapped and exploited by the circus. Diana’s source material: In the Early 1900s, Albino African-American Brothers Were Stolen From Their Virginia Home to Be Circus Performers. This is Their Story. Excerpt from article: Talk to any person of color over age 60 in my part of Virginia and they know the story by heart: Black children reared during the postwar baby boom rarely left home without being admonished by their mothers, “Y’all stay together now or you might be kidnapped, just like Eko and Iko.” Eko and Iko were the sideshow stage names of George and Willie Muse, the grandsons of former slaves. They were born at the turn of the century to parents who sharecropped tobacco, like everyone else in the rural enclave of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie were just six and nine, as the elders tell the story, when a circus promoter crept onto the tobacco field where they were working and enticed them with a rare piece of candy. In the time it took to fetch a hoe from the shed, the boys vanished. They were kidnapped in a dusty corner of southern Virginia named for the only thing that gave these Reconstruction-era blacks any semblance of hope—the biblical promise of a better life in the hereafter. “I am the true vine, and My father is the vinedresser,” Jesus said in the Gospel of John. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” For the next 13 years, their mother, Harriett, watched and worried. And she waited for signs of fruit.”
Diana Elizabeth Jordan (Actor, Solo Artist, Filmmaker, Disability Inclusion Artivist) offers an dynamic and powerful alternative to the traditional keynote address through her one woman shows, performance lectures and spoken word concerts. She is a living example of triumphing over adversity and resiliency. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy (which mildly affects her speech and gait) around age 2, grew up with a tenacious determination to not to let adversity stand in the way of achieving her dreams. Diana was the first actress with a disability to obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from California State University Long Beach. She also holds certificates in Occupational Therapy (University of Kansas), Social Emotional Arts ( UCLA) . As an award winning actress, she has been cast in over 60 theater productions, film and television most recently appearing on C.B.S.’s S.W.A.T.
Ms. Jordan’s talents extend beyond of her love of performing she is an award nominated director and a member SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. She is also the Creative Artistic Director and Founder of The Rainbow Butterfly Café, an EduTainment Production Company which she launched in 2015 and and recently launched Dreaming Big On A Swing Entertainment. Diana is committed to entertaining, impacting and empowering audiences in inclusive diversity, disability intersectionality, inspiration, empathy, personal growth and professional development… Whether portraying a character or sharing a personal story, Diana touches the hearts of audiences with her humor, creativity, vulnerability and honesty.