One Voice is a journey through the black American experience, by virtue of seven powerful and influential voices. Jeremiah Dew portrays six of the characters, spanning from the1820s to present day, all stand-out figures in this country’s history including: Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, and Barack Obama.
The show, divided into seven chapters, covers a variety of genres including: poetry, essay, political activism, standup comedy, campaign speech, and more. Interspersed in the show are powerful video pieces including interviews with prominent African Americans in the upstate of South Carolina, sharing their stories.
Throughout the narrative, audiences will experience a timeline that spans from struggle and heartache, to breakthrough and achievement of the black American voice.
“A UNIQUE AND POIGNANT PRODUCTION”
“The Creation” James Weldon Johnson, “God’s Trombones,” 1926 “Go Down Death” James Weldon Johnson, “God’s Trombones,” 1926
Excerpt from “The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” by Frederick Douglass, 1845
Video: Wilfred J. Walker, Sr. Interview, 2008 Graduate, Hampton University
THE MORAL LEADER
“I Have a Dream” Martin Luther King, Jr. 1963
Video: Margaree Seawright Crosby Interview, 2011 Graduate, SC State University
“I am the Greatest” - Cassius Clay / Muhammad Ali
“Yes We Can!” - Barack Obama, January 2008
Run Time: 90 minutes (can be adjusted to fit into a 60 minute time period)
• A stage to perform on; there is one performer
• Video projection system (screen, projector with VGA connector)
• Audio cable (3.5mm) to audio amplification system
• Stage / lapel / headset microphone (if space seats more than 200)