Brian Copeland, who recently ended a long run of his one-man play, "," will take another bow Monday night when the City Council is expected to proclaim next Wednesday in his honor.
His play hearkens back to 1971 when San Leandro was named one of the most racist suburbs in America.
Shortly thereafter Copeland, then 8 years old, moved to San Leandro with his African-American family.
Told in a youngsters' voice, his monologue recalls the tensions of that period.
Copeland has written a new play, The Waiting Period, about depression.
It is expected to have its Bay Area premiere in January.