African American Literature MW 11-12:15pm
“The Color of Drums”
During the Martin Luther King Celebration, I attended the 11th annual Color of Drums poetry event. The event was titled the “The strength within when believing is the last resort”. I really feel like the message the poets were trying to convey through this motto for this event became very clear throughout the production. The production talked about many different elements of freedom in one’s mind, body, and spirit. This is why I really felt like this production was very specific and cohesive with the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. was driven by this very motto. In everything he accomplished and worked hard for and towards, was for the freedom of African American’s equality, and freedom in their mind, body, and spirits. He accomplished it and conquered that fight for honor within the African American race. He accomplished this by pulling inside of his soul to gain strength from within, which was believing in his dream which was the last resort. His dream of whites and blacks holding hands in unification was what kept him focused, this was his last resort.
In the show the poets spoke of this powerful and mighty strength that lied deep in the soul. There were seven acts in the show, including one dance act from the infamous dance group “Diversion”. The different acts were titled “Mind Vs. Soul”, “Ground Zero”, “Minority Report”, “Optical Illusions”, “Letters to God”, and “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”. The show poetically connected me with what is going on in my life as an African American. The act that stood out to me the most was “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”. From every act I received a different thing. In “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” however, there were many words that the poets were saying that I could concur with and feel. One thing that one of the poets said was “if I could just move fast enough ill break through the glass ceiling and get fresh air”. There are many...