A 2-Act Choreopoem drawn out of a list of what if’ s. Taking what we have all come to know as the truth through an onslaught of media reports and courtroom transcriptions, what if we could see the same truths through the eyes of the bystanders? What if we could know the thoughts and the motives behind the people that witnessed one of the most horrific acts in our history, on a child, by a community of people, because of the color of his skin? What if there was one woman who determined in her mind not to stand by and watch, but to take a stand? What if she raised her voice in the dark corners of the deep south? What would people think? How would they react? What if?
“We grew up in Mississippi.
Coexisting in an uncomfortable way.
Our eyes spoke with glued lips
Things we dared not say on the walk down the road.”
–The Lynching of Sarah Elizabeth