Our Voices Are Many Spotlights Black Men in American History

Sunday afternoon January 26, doors opened to a spectacular theatrical performance, featuring a cast of local dramatic readers, singers, musicians, and dancers, presented a number of enactments of scenarios which depicted the faces, voices, and images of Black men in America-from slaves, to African kings, to Black men in all facets of life. The views expressed in the song lyrics, poems, speeches and other works of prose reflect the historical and contemporary images of Black men in America as well as the ideologies of the selected African-American men whose opinions shaped and were shaped by the social and political climate of America from slavery to freedom.

Conceived, written and compiled by Mamie Webb Hixon, who is also the show’s artistic director, Hixon has spent several years collecting poems, essays and speeches by and about Black men and remembering quotes, narration, and dialogue from the texts of the literature she teaches in her two African-American Lit classes at the University of West Florida, where she is an assistant professor of English and Director of the Writing Lab and Grammar Hotline.

Our Voices Are Many spotlighted not only Black men but also highlighted women and welcomed a new group of singers, the Sons of Africa Chorus, directed by Cheryl Watson.

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