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Black History Month play tells story of key abolitionists

NEW PLAY: (From left) abolitionists Joseph Bologne and David Walker

A MULTIPLE award-winning historian and writer has penned a new play about three slave abolitionists, as part of Black History Month.

Next month, DUO Arts & Edutainment will present The Voices of Black Folk, a dynamic new drama by writer Khareem Jamal, one of the creators of Black Heroes In The Hall Of Fame.

The play relates episodes in the lives of black abolitionists David Walker, Harriet Tubman and Joseph Bologne.

Essentially consisting of three vignettes: The Appeal, They Called Her Moses & Le Mozart Noir, the play highlights the sacrifices and contributions these individuals made towards the abolition of slavery.

Although three individual stories, there is an undoubted synergy between them as all three icons were able to overcome their circumstances, and in the process dispel and confound the erroneous beliefs that were then held about African people at that time.

ABOLITIONIST: Harriet Tubman

These stories will also serve to inspire young people about the possibilities of achievement, and the realisation that nothing is insurmountable and almost anything can be achieved irrespective of the circumstances in which you find

"The motivation for this play is to give people an insight and education into 'our journey'," says writer Jamal. "Telling the stories of these individuals will give an insight into hidden history."

He added: "These stories will inspire young people about the possibilities of achievement, and the realisation that your circumstances do not have to determine your outcome."

The play will be performed at The Culture Space in southeast London from October 6-9, 2016.

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