Minority Report is an American compendium of art that infuses theatrical performance with audio/visual technical production; to expand social awareness about the brutal truths on racism and socioeconomic conditions concerning minorities.
“Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?” – James Baldwin
The presentation juxtaposes past injustices against current conditions that often mirror each other; and pleads for the consensus that a higher consciousness on the subject must be achieved. The story of Emmett Till, a young man who was brutally beaten, shot, and killed in 1955; is examined alongside of the story of Tamir Rice a young man who was shot and killed by Cleveland law enforcement in 2014. Black Tulsa, a burgeoning town comprised of successful black Americans and burned down by the Klu Klux Klan in 1921 is examined along with interracial dating in our current society.
The historical references in Minority Report are also backed by real life-events captured by video and projected for the audience to witness. Substantive clips set the climate for theatrical segments performed by actors in various settings. Fannie Lou Hammer’s speech at the 1964 Democratic Convention is shown prior to a performance on the importance of voting; bridging the two mediums into one impactful message.
Our hope is to educate. Racism is a sensitive topic and an issue many of us feel uncomfortable talking about. However, the righteous hope to provoke thought on the subject must be coupled with comprehensive and innovative ways that keep the learner engaged and inspirited. Minority Report speaks both to the concerns of the youth and gives voice to generations whose voice seems to be getting smaller with time. We hope to join together.
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