Stroud Family 1938
African, Native American, British-Irish
RACE the Opera is based on the true life story of the pioneering Stroud Family of Colorado Springs. Dolphus was one of the eleven children born to Lulu Magee (Creek Nation) and Rev. Kimbal Dolphus (K.D.) Stroud (African, British, born and raised on Texas slave plantation).
Dolphus, a Colorado Springs resident and Phi Beta Kappa scholar-athlete, trained and competed with his younger brother Tandy to qualify for the 1928 Olympics.
Kelley Dolphus Stroud
Phi Beta Kappa Scholar-Athlete
Dolphus Stroud, as he called himself, was a 1928 Olympic hopeful who blazed the trail for individuals like Jesse Owens, Hank Aaron and Joseph Gray.
Stroud family descendant, will lead the family with the protagonists’ children, Juanita (Stroud) Martin and Connie (Stroud) Loury in gathering stories and guide the authentic mood of the work. Frank Shines is an Air Force veteran and award-winning IBM Principal.