After reading about the upcoming Little Rock Nine Project, I spoke with Red Shirt Entertainment's Producing Artistic Director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj to find out more.
What was the genesis of The Little Rock Nine Project?
I have a relationship with the Little Rock Nine. I wrote a play called The Little Rock Nine which tells the story of their first year integrating in Little Rock Central High School. I wanted to create a work that told the story of the Little Rock Nine crisis and its legacy on children today.
Tell me a little about what the audience can expect to see at this concert?
A soul-stirring concert that blends together original poems, music and monologues that will warm your heart and touch your soul.
Original member of the Little Rock Nine, Ernest Green, will be attending the performance. How did he come to be involved?
He is a mentor and friend of mind. He heard about the project and wanted to support me and the kids.
Speaking of the kids, what was it like working with members of the Camp AmeriKid Leader-in-Training program?
It was one of the most important, inspiring journeys I have had in my life. It's changed my artistic DNA!
If you could say one thing to your potential audience about this performance, what would it be?
You will learn about history and realize that each of us have the power to change the world, just like the Little Rock Nine did in 1957.
Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj is an Indo-Caribbean American artist, educator and activist. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Red Shirt Entertainment (www.redshirtentertainment.com) and has numerous directing/choreography credits.