The short play traces the history of African Americans. Joe Cornelius explains how he began the play in Africa; slavery is a badge of honor that blacks should wear.
Actors us different hats to depict characters from history. Cornelius portrays an African king, a slave, a union army soldier, a lynched victim, a Harlem Renaissance blues singer, a civil rights activist, a Black Nationalist, a gang member, and a rapper.
Cornelius hopes that "the next hat" is one of infinite possibility. Only oppression inside one's brain can stop a man from achieving greatness. Any culture or race can experience the same struggles and relate to the message in "The Devil and Leroy Jones."
Credits: The Historic "Hats" of Black History
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Educator Dr. Joe Cornelius developed a creative way to explain black history and to motivate young people through drama. This video from Tony Brown's Journal features Cornelius and his historical masterpiece that he chronicled the saga of Black America as it changes “hats” with the times.
Length: 26 minutes
Copyright date: ©2000
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