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BlackPlayBook seeks to re-vision "black play"as cultural production that counters gender, race and class- based oppression. As such, BlackPlayBook performs within a womanist/black feminist tradition on a "play-ground" of black performance, scholarship and activism. BlackPlayBook references a special issue of Theatre Journal v57, n4 (December 2005) that asks, "What is Black Play?"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

BlackPlayBook Production: "We Go High: A Salute to President Barack and Michelle Obama" presented by FVSU's Joseph Adkins Players

We Go High: A Black History Month Salute to President Barack and Michelle Obama

"In our so-called democracy we are accustomed to give the majority what they want rather than educate them to understand what is best for them."

"In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent. Carter G. Woodson" (1875-1950), Founder of Negro History Week (now Black History Month)

In celebration of Black History Month 2017, Fort Valley State Universitys Joseph Adkins Players student drama group proudly presents, We Go High.

Through spiritual, speech, poetry, song, drama and dance, We Go Highsalutes Barack and Michelle Obamas eight year tenure as President and First Lady of the United States. As the first African American couple ever to do so, Barack and Michelle(as we affectionately refer to them) effectively modeled superior talentas leaders of the free world. Although there may be debate about their contributions immediately following his administration, in the long run, President Obamas legacy is sure to be highly regarded.

Not only have the Obamas shared with the American public an admirable record of service, we are also graced with their speeches, words of wisdom to which we can refer whenever needed. As students and scholars, we can read, share, examine and recite Michelles and Baracks speeches as we educate ourselves to understand, in the words of Carter G. Woodson, whats best for us. Even further, we might use their speeches as blueprints for how to become superior talents who would lead, speak, teach, sing, dance and inspire. Who knows what heights we might achieve when we rise above petty concerns of the majority to go highas Black history figures in our own rights.

Under the direction of Maisha S. Akbar, Ph.D., JAP performs on a play-ground of performance, scholarship, and activism. JAP is active in national organizations such as the National Communication Association (NCA) and Black Theatre Network (BTN). JAPs organizational motto is Saving the Drama for the Stage.