Jazmin Miller’s Dramatic Performance Sheds Light on Racism and Hope


Publication Date: 4/7/2008

Rhodes senior Jazmin Miller has written and will direct a performance titled "Morning of Hope" with poetry by Maya Angelou and snippets of speeches by Stokely Carmichael and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free and open to the public, the performance will take place in the McCoy Theatre studio April 8 at 6 p.m. and April 9 at 4:30 p.m.

Miller’s intention for the piece is to shed light on the subtleties and hidden forms of racism as well as the hope that remains in breaking down racial barriers. “We find incorrect perceptions, discomfort and even hate of others hidden in our schools, jobs and churches. We find it blatantly and subtly in our peers, professors, parents and friends, and much to our unease, we find it in ourselves,” says Miller.

“While scars still remain within us, so does an abundance of hope. There is hope in communication, a two-way street of listening and speaking with honesty and effort. Hope lies in our ability to understand and our constant attempts to be understood.”

As part of Rhodes’ Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in January, Miller performed a similar piece reflecting racial tension in a classroom environment and the different approaches to achieving equality.