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The LSUS Office of Multicultural Affairs Hosts Play in Honor of Black History Month

February 17, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” In honor of Black History Month, the LSUS Office of Multicultural Affairs partnered with Extensions of Excellence to present a play entitled My Last Will and Testament: The Story of Mary McLeod Bethune.

The play told the story of Mrs. Bethune’s life. It told how she discovered her calling as an educator, and made a way for thousands of Black students to attend her school. The play told how Mrs. Bethune fought for the right of her people, and earned her title as the First Lady of Negro America.

Tiana Andrews, an LSUS student pursuing her Masters, had the honor of playing Mrs. Bethune in the play. “Being that she is such a profound figure in African-American History, I wanted to give her just due. So, I watched some of her speeches, kind of saw how her mannerisms were, how she spoke, how she carried herself, and just did my research so I could portray her the best way I could,” said Andrews.

Dancers from Grambling State University performed between the acts of the play. The dances were made to illustrate the feelings of Black America during the years before the civil rights movement. In addition to providing such a wonderful service to the students at LSUS, the invitation was extended to several local middle and high schools, who brought students to the program. The young scholars watched the program attentively as they learned about history. “She didn’t stop at any cost to provide for the Black children back then and it was just so inspiring,” said one member of the audience when asked their thoughts on the play.

People like Mary McLeod Bethune played a major part in not only Black History, but American History. In a world that is always changing, we here at LSUS pay tribute to those who are making a positive difference.

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