Everlasting, steadfast beacon, she moves in phases of renewal.
We stand in her sanctuary.
We tell stories about moments of change, moments that are unanticipated but challenge us to stand up and be counted.
This is the story about a moment.
This is the story of Rosa Parks.
The Yoruba Orisha (god), Eleguá, is the “owner” of roads and paths. Eleguá is often depicted holding a set of keys. A figure of Eleguá may be placed in the house behind the entrance door for protection.
Rosa Parks may have refused to give up her seat in the “Black section” of that bus, she may have been “escorted” by police out the door, but when she crossed the threshold of that Birmingham bus, she opened the door to the Civil Rights Movement.
The music of Rosa Parks in the Moon Room with Odetta, Nina SImone, and Billie Holiday emerges out of a conversation between women who were regarded as leaders and muses of the Civil Rights Movement.
In The Moon Room is a series of dramatic and lyrical presentations inspired by the Ghanaian tradition of women gathering under the full moon to tell stories, clap, and sing in an effort to heal. It is a continuation of a concept for a show I created for the Fringe in 2018, an opportunity to explore lives of women who have changed our world through music, poetry, and and art of their time.