When I look back at the beginning of Dancing in Dark Skin, I realized that I created it in 2014, my first year at Spelman College. It was around this time that I started to learn about dance and social justice. I learned how dance was used and is being used to make change all over the world. I wanted to create another platform to amplify my voice as a black artist.
I am consciously coming to the conclusion that over the past few years I have not been intentionally using this platform for change.
Recently I have been making post about black artists from our history who have set the foundation and paved the way for all of us. Black people being able to sit orchestra level at a show (about black people) would not be legal if it weren’t for the work of our ancestors. So I will continue to say their names and share their history.
In 2016 I was President of Spriggs Burroughs Drama and Dance Ensemble and we were encouraged by administration to lead the way as ARTISTS on campus and organize demonstrations and events in response to the murders of Alton Sterling, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Freddie Grey, Tamir Rice, Ayanna Jones and so many more.
We created a week of events entitled The Neo Black Arts Movement, in homage to BAM (the Black Arts Movement of the 1960’s and 70’s). The week included rally’s, play readings, documentary watching, discussions and a march around the Atlanta University Center. Today I want to share a piece that I performed at the rally with Assata Hefner, written by Janerica Smith.
To be completely transparent, for me to get up and generate movement during this time is tough. So I am going to do what I can and share what I can.
Spriggs Burroughs is still doing the work:
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