The 400 Years Project opens conversation about untold stories of racism
February marks Black History Month and a Hudson Valley organization is honoring it in a special way this year.
Judith Beville, the Greenburgh town clerk, is the founder of The 400 Years Project, which is an effort to appreciate contributions of people of African descent in Westchester and beyond.
This year, the organization is sponsoring a virtual play called “Shot — Caught a Soul” that hopes to open up a conversation about untold stories of racism. “The play is about a young African-American male teen who was shot and killed by a Caucasian police officer. The teen comes back in a spiritual form to speak to the officer, really to speak to his conscious, about why did this have to happen. It’s a compelling and powerful statement because it doesn't deal with hostility, but deals with humanity,” says Beville.
Beville says there are several reasons why the 30-minute, one act play is important. "Our governor is requiring all local municipalities to come up with a plan that is going to address police/community relations, and improve police/community relations. This is a conversation that’s happening across the country and in our own backyards.”
The free and virtual performance will be on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. followed by a discussion.
Please contact Latasha Jackson, email@example.com to RSVP with your name and email address so you will be sure to receive the Zoom link for “Shot — Caught a Soul.”