Community members came out to see the “Legacy” on Saturday in celebration of Black History Month at the Enon Tabernacle Church. Presented at faith-based institutions, recreational centers, local high schools and the African-American Museum, “Legacy” looks to empower youth in knowing they can do great things.
The play portrays African-American teenager Corey Sheppard (played by Justin Booker) whose laidback attitude towards his education and future gets him into a fight with his mom. As Corey falls asleep, African- American forefathers and civil rights leaders such as Frederick Douglass, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Huey P. Newton pay him a visit. They discuss issues of racial profiling, police brutality and the affects it has on the community.
“The play Legacy is about making sure we understand the rich history of African-American culture. It infuses the past with the present with the depth of knowledge for us to continually build, grow and unite as a nation. I think it’s a transforming tool to uplift people, no matter their race, religion or lifestyle,” said Jeffery Jones, who works for Childhoods Lost Entertainment, the production company that put on “Legacy.”