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Loyola University New Orleans Hosts “The Other Black History”

Loyola press release - February 5, 2019

First-time playwright Dr. Flint Mitchell attempts to comprehensive black history

Loyola University New Orleans welcomes the public on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to a performance of the play The Other Black History, at 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall. Parking and admission are free for this event, which is hosted by the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The Other Black History is first-time playwright Dr. Flint Mitchell’s attempt to teach comprehensive and accurate black history rather than the revisionist history that is being taught in schools. Mitchell knew that convincing schools, school districts, and government to teach what is true to their students and citizens would be impossible. Therefore, this play is an attempt to educate about some basic but underrepresented facets of American history using a stage play, an art form that is impervious to censorship and revision.

Performed for the first time last year at Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans, the play was written based upon the theory that limited civic engagement—particularly low voter participation by blacks under the age of 50—is the result of this group not understanding the struggles their ancestors experienced during the eras of slavery, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow; and how hard their ancestors fought during the Civil Rights Movement to earn them the right to vote—a basic civil right not always enjoyed by blacks due to pervasive racism in this country.

Mitchell believes this group does not understand this significant part of America’s history (i.e., slavery, Jim Crow, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights Movement) because accurate and comprehensive black history has not been taught to most Americans. Instead, a revisionist form of American history has been taught that whitewashes the truth, romanticizes the brutal facts, and excludes blacks’ positive contributions to this republic.

The Other Black History is a righteous take on the 1980s-pop culture movie The Breakfast Club. This stage play, set over two consecutive Saturdays, features a formerly incarcerated, yet exonerated schoolteacher as a detention monitor. During the two days of detention, he teaches four students about racial justice, and, most importantly, courage in the face of adversity. Come see this teacher lead the students through a comprehensive black history lesson that begins with the transatlantic slave trade and ends with the modern Civil Rights Movement.

The Other Black History uses a simple set design, which with permission, will allow it to be replicated by school theater departments and utilized to promote principals of truth, courage, and the undying will of those who fought for civil rights over hundreds of years of America’s history.

A well-known figure in New Orleans, Dr. Flint Mitchell is an educator with a passion for advancing equity and social justice through thought leadership and systems change, and a desire for changing hearts and minds through narrative change and storytelling.

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