In honor of Black History Month, students in the American History Literature: Racism in America class of the Shelby School visited Phoenix College to see "Black Women Walking," a play about the obstacles that Black women have faced from slavery to contemporary times.
After the play the audience participated in a discussion with the cast. The class then went backstage and met the cast and the director, Kevvin Taylor, and had the opportunity to talk with them one on one.
Steven Kamp, the American history literature teacher, invited Rosco Dabney, a resident of Payson, to talk to the class about his personal experiences as a Black man growing up in America.
Dabney, being raised in a segregated community in Tulsa, Okla., was active in the Civil Rights Movement and served as a U. S. Marine in the Vietnam War.
He particularly talked about the Tulsa race riot of 1921, which he strongly believes was an all out war of the races.
The students felt, Dabney gave a truly inspirational presentation.