"Evolution of a Black Girl..."
"Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House" is a powerful one woman show where writer/performer Morgan McCoy portrays 12 different characters. Her unforgettable performance of these women takes the audience on a journey from Africa during the 1600's to present day in America. This journey incorporates rich history, stories of love, and moments of joy and sorrow. Stories of women such as Phyllis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, Maggie Walker, Madam C.J. Walker, Rosa Parks, Shirley Chisholm, Josephine Baker, and Michelle Obama are creatively told throughout this show. "Evolution of a Black Girl..." strategically describes current epidemics that challenge today's society in hopes that the voices of the past can offer solutions to save the future. This thought-provoking show is ideal for Colleges, Churches, Theaters, Libraries, Museums, Middle and High Schools, Community Organizations, and all who are interested in being edutained (educated & entertained). "Evolution of a Black Girl..." tells a universal story that transcends culture, age, and gender. The twelve monologues in the show are perfectly woven together and designed to educate, entertain, and encourage all who see it to strive for excellence!
Brief Description of Each Monologue
The Walking Dead- a young woman in Africa is preparing to get married to the man she loves when her family is slaughtered and she is taken into captivity.
I's Smart-A little slave girl tries to convince herself that she's too smart to end up being like her mother. She wants to be like Phyllis Wheatley and hopes to impress her master with her intellect.
Swing Lo-After reconstruction an old mother echoes the trials of raising a family while earning just pennies.
1st African American Female Millionaire- Madam CJ Walker comes alive on stage to share her journey of becoming a millionaire and the sorrows that accompanied her success.
Against All Odds- Maggie Lena Walker's story of becoming the first woman to charter a bank in the United States.
The Blues- A famous singer describes life as a super star and the woes of singing for people who deem you unworthy to share a water fountain with. This character gives tribute to Josephine Baker, Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, Billy Holiday, Pearl Bailey, and Lena Horn
Mother of the Movement- Rosa Parks humbly tells her story of how her actions were the right spark needed to ignite The Civil Rights Movement.
Tribute to a Queen- Coretta Scott King gives comedic insight of how she was able to marry a "King".
Educated Negro- A woman who has lost touch with reality revisits how her life used to be before she assimilated and became the woman she used to despise.
Just Like You- A young mother who feels stuck shares her childhood dream of being like Shirley Chisholm and how that dream vanished into complacency that has affected her and her children.
First- Michelle Obama reveals her triumphant story of growing up in a one bedroom apartment to becoming the First Lady of the United States of America living in the White House.
Black Girl- Speaks of the significance of Vice President Kamala Harris' role in history and culminates all the previous stories and challenges the audience to embrace their present and look forward to their future.