The Bitter Game Post Performance Roundtable: Baltimore and Beyond
The Bitter Game Post Performance Roundtable
Dayvon Love, Brandi Francis, David Fakunle
What can we learn from the 2015 unrest in Baltimore, and how can we use that to move forward in the Black Lives Matter Movement, which at its core is a movement for basic human rights? Following a performance of Keith A. Wallace's The Bitter Game, Baltimore activists lead a round table discussion designed to put the community at the center of the movement for change.
Dayvon Love, a Baltimore-based political organizer, is the Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a grassroots think-tank that advances the public policy interests of Black people. Love has been featured on MSNBC and has given a TedX talk titled “Fixing Police Brutality Requires Building Power in Local Communities”.
Brandi Francis, a writer, educator, teaching artist and business owner. She was featured in the Huffington Post as the “breastfeeding bride,” and was a featured poet at Busboys and Poets where she shared excerpts from her forthcoming book How I Became My Daughter.
David Fakunle, a Baltimore Corps fellow who received his doctorate in mental health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is motivated by his upbringing in Baltimore, and specifically how opportunities molded him into a dynamic force for change. In addition to being a professional "disruptor of the system," he actively participates in the performing arts as an African drummer, African storyteller, singer, actor, dancer and public speaker.
Moderated by Khalid Yaya Long, a doctoral candidate in the Theatre and Performance Studies program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Khalid’s research and creative works center on Black/Diasporic theatre, drama, and performance, with specific attention paid to the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality within marginalized and oppressed communities. Khalid’s dissertation recovers the creative works of Black feminist/womanist theatre artist Glenda Dickerson, specifically examining the ways in which Dickerson uses performance to recuperate Black women’s history.