Broadway Global shared a special peaceful Broadway unites demonstration back in August 2014, with video “I Can’t Breath”. Horrifying live video was captured while the police officer used a prohibited choke-hold on Eric Garner, who was asthmatic. The choke-hold killed Eric, while on-lookers watched with no medical attention offered. In just a year countless numbers of unarmed young black men lives have been taken, at the hands of our National police. This current week a St. Louis County grand jury brought no criminal charges against Police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. Another murder with no indictment is devastating to our Nation!
In the wake of Michael Brown’s killer indictment in Ferguson, MO, performers Daniel J. Watts (Motown, After Midnight, In the Heights) and Nik Walker (Motown, Peter and the Starcatcher) are staging a Broadway Unite community demonstration. The peaceful demonstration takes place this Friday November 28, 2014 is in hopes of opening dialogue between artists on the topic of social justice. USA Theatre Chat ask you to share your voice in NYC Theatre Chat, and attend this important “Broadway Unite” community event.
Members of the Broadway companies of Motown, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Beautiful and many others are planning to attend. “As artists, it’s very easy for us to blind ourselves to the issues plaguing our world today,” says Watts, a 7-show Broadway veteran. “This meeting won’t be to take a side in the Ferguson case”, adds Walker, “we just want to promote a respectful and productive conversation, so that events like this are never forgotten…and always learned from.” The 4.5 minutes of harmonizing and poetic recitation will bring honor and respect to human life. Organized by WattsWords Productions, they call for the Broadway arts community to stand together for social justice and equality. Please tag this event on Facebook and your personal walls with #BroadwayUnite, or @BroadwayUnite on twitter.
Those wishing to participate are asked to gather in front of the American Eagle on 46th and Broadway at 6:15 p.m. The demonstration will feature a statement read by Mr. Walker, as well as an original poem, “No More Silences”, written and performed by Watts, with help from all in attendance. “Whether you work on Broadway currently, used to work on Broadway, will be working on Broadway soon- please come out on Friday,” says Watts. “Now is not the time to sit on the sidelines.” For more information, please email Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nik at email@example.com. Broadway Global support the efforts of these Broadway talents and their passion to open social justice dialogue through the use of arts.