Artists Building Capacity as World Citizens hosted New Hampshire actor Kevin Wade Mitchell, with the help of Sandi Clark Kaddy, in a dramatic performance, “Black My Story, Not His’Story” December 8 at the Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth, NH. This was ABC-WC’s second annual program in honor of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.
The performance’s format of story and music explored the life of Captain Paul Cuffee, an African-American shipping merchant who spoke out against taxation without representation and established a racially integrated school for the children in his eighteenth-century New England community.
The program also explored the courage and determination displayed by those who sought to escape slavery, and featured a segment about the life and death of Emmett Louis Till.
During the question-and-answer session that followed the performance, artist and audience discussed themes of civil and human rights, inclusion and exclusion, spiritual strengths and the contributions that people of African descent have made and are making in the United States.