Getting into Character: GLIDE Kids Celebrate Black History Month

Classy Martin

Classy Martin

Classy Martin, GLIDE’s Children’s Choir Director, is working hard with GLIDE children as they prepare for their upcoming play on Sunday, February 24, celebrating Black History Month. Be sure to join us at the 9AM or 11AM Celebration!

Classy shares a story of getting the actors ready for their performance:

This little boy is working on his character as Cecil Williams in our performance for Black History Month. When I called out “I need someone to play Cecil Williams,” he shot his hands up so fast, I couldn’t say no. His homework is to learn as much as he can about Cecil.

On Sunday, I asked if he was ready to be Cecil and he shook his head yes. Then it hit me. If he is going to learn about Cecil, why not start now? I told him I had to show him something. I brought him and a gang of girls down to Cecil’s office. He had the biggest smile on his face when I told him where we were.

I asked if he wanted to do some of what Cecil does. So we pretended he was Cecil on the phone, Cecil having a meeting. He was soooo into it. Then we snuck on one of Cecil’s dashikis. He literally did not want to take it off. He has never met Cecil before. Next Sunday, I will introduce them. I’m excited already. For his role, he will have an afro wig, big thick glasses, bellbottoms, the whole bit!

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