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)
PRAISES AND ACCOLADES FOR ONE VOICE
“’One Voice’ is a unique and poignant production that moves the audience from melancholy to laughter on a journey tracing prominent African Americans throughout history. Jeremiah Dew’s performance is compelling and memorable in this truly unique one-man play. Our employees found that this performance to be one of our greatest Black History Month events ever!”
Director, Diversity and Language Services Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center
"I'm pleased to recommend Jeremiah Dew's One Voice. The program is a fascinating trek through the lives of six black Americans who have contributed to this country's history and culture. My attention never wandered from the start of the show to the end. Don't miss this powerful performance by Jeremiah Dew!"
Dean, School of Fine Arts
Bob Jones University
"’One Voice’ is a moving, entertaining and inspiring presentation of a part of our history that should not be forgotten. From the moment Jeremiah walks on stage the audience is caught up in his energy as he masterfully weaves poetry, prose, declamation and comedy in this remarkable production. This is a production that should not be missed!”
President, Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
“Jeremiah Dew does an incredible one man show in ‘One Voice.’ He educates, inspires, and challenges his audiences on the history of African Americans in this country. ‘One Voice,’ starring Jeremiah Dew, is a must-see for all generations.”
Chief Diversity Officer
Michelin North America