Brevard pioneers come to life in black history presentation, “Footprints”
TITUSVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2010) -The North Brevard Heritage Foundation and The Titusville Playhouse will present "Footprints: a Black History Anthology," 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13 and 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14.
"Footprints" is an original play, written by local playwright, director, and actor, Mary Purdy. Purdy worked with Roz Foster, of the North Brevard Heritage Foundation, to research and compile the histories of prominent black Brevard County residents - both past and present - who pioneered the Civil Rights Movement.
"This play is different because it's about our area. Not many know that Merritt Island was settled by black pioneers, and the spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement was struck right here," Purdy said.
Foster noted, "Mary Purdy has captured the heart and soul of each person. Little did they know that their stories would be presented as a tribute to the love of learning, perseverance, determination, and strong faith that paved the way for the freedoms many enjoy today, including the election of our first black President.
"They left 'Footprints' for future generations to follow," Foster said.
Roz Foster on “Footprints” press release
It is so very exciting to have the oral histories that I have recorded brought to life by use of theater. Playwright Mary Purdy captured the heart and soul of each person by presenting their stories of trials and tribulations, perseverance and determination as they paved the way for the freedoms that many enjoy today. Little did they know that their stories would someday be presented on stage as a tribute to all who knew that they were doing the right thing, and God was on their side.
I can't help to think that they all are standing tall and proud of what has transpired over the years, and has resulted in the election of the first black president of the United States of America. Through education, hard work, determination, dedication, and strong faith their work has not been in vain. We are very proud to present this play as a tribute to honor those who have paved the way and have lift footprints for future generations to follow.