The events of the summer of 2016, and the following results of the Presidential election were enraging, terrifying and surreal. “Black Lives Matter” has been a hashtag and protest chant for 2 years since the the murder of Michael Brown by police officers, but it happened almost everyday for a week in multiple cites immediately following 4th of July celebrations concluding with a retaliation attack on police officers in Dallas TX. After seeing the videos of these killings, D.Woods was reminded of the many images of the mistreatment of African Americans we have seen throughout the history of this country. The video of Philando Castile taken by his finance, in particular, seemed like a reenactment of the methods outlined by slave owner Willie Lynch in 1712. Outraged and emotional, with patience to see change running out, D. Woods used her creative voice to choreograph this artistic protest piece. She hopes to shed light on the evidence of systemic racism to those who are oblivious to it, and the reason why we still have to chant…#BLACKLIVESMATTER.
Directed by Shoccara Marcus & D. Woods
Dancers: Reggie J. , Brianna Buckley, D. Woods