The most recent study by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) found that Black women suffer death at a partner’s hands more often than women of any other race. Black women were also found most likely to be shot to death; 57.7 percent died of a gunshot wound. The study found that over half of all female murder victims are killed by intimate partners and that 98 percent of the homicidal partners, regardless of race or method used to kill, were men. This study looked at murders from 2003-2014. The domestic violence I survived happened in 2003.
In 2007, I was involved in theater in Skid Row. Urban Possibilities was having a Night of Monologues and I asked if it would be okay if I wrote my own. They agreed and helped me start to develop my piece, “Justice? Or Just Me?”
A mixture of spoken word, story-telling, and comedy, the piece was based on a part of my journey. Dramastage Qumran encouraged me to keep performing it and gave me a stage to do so. It was through these theater companies that I was able to find my voice again.
A friend of mine from church saw my performance at Night of Monologues and invited me to perform for her students, said there could even be a Q & A after. For ten years I’ve been performing my piece, leading improv workshops and having talk backs.
I have been honored to be invited to classes, support groups, events, and most recently the REDCAT to be part of their Studio program. At the REDCAT I was able to experiment with multi-media for my piece. Ordinarily, I perform it without any additional effects.
These various opportunities to share opened the door for me to speak on other areas such as: The Underground Railroad, Slavery and The Roots of Black Gospel Music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhITJl2GYF0
Being able to share my piece has brought light to the fact that I am not alone in my journey which has encouraged me to continue sharing in order to bring awareness.