Dr. Ram Bhagat
It was love at first sight! The first time I encountered “the work” promulgated by TCP, was in 2009 or thereabouts. My relationship with The Conciliation Project began when Dr. T collaborated with Drums No Guns (DNG) and the Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP), two youth organizations that I helped start. We worked together on Generation Dream, an Edu-Concert produced by the Richmond Peace Education Center (RPEC) and DNG, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. My initial interaction with Dr. T. left an impression on my mind, that I had to work with her again and get deeply involved with TCP.
I fell madly in love with TCP during my involvement in Stolen Land: border crossings. Besides the gift of playing percussion for a potent theatrical production about one of the preeminent issues facing our society, this was also my introduction to the TCP family. This was the official beginning of my love affair with TCP. The rehearsals, beautiful conversations with the actors, amazing discussions with Diego about “the work,” watching Olisa Enrico-Johnson and Joe Carlson embody the essence of Ritual Poetic Drama, witnessing Dr. T’s prowess as a director, creating music with Andrienne Wilson, observing Trey Hartt facilitate the TCP process, hearing Archana Pathak espouse our philosophy, partying with everybody at Afrobeta and breaking bread with you at the cast party; all of these experiences stole my heart!
Now, my heart and mind [heart/mind] is committed to serve as president of The Conciliation Project, which is a dream come true. Being president not only gives me a chance to promote, through active and challenging dramatic work, open and honest dialogue about Racism and Oppression in America in order to repair its damaging legacy; it also provides with me the opportunity to help expand “the work” in our organization.
Since we have evolved into an international social justice theater company, there are some basic steps that we need to take in order to sustain our growth and impact. First, we must solidify our membership infrastructure. Secondly, we need to develop the TCP Facilitation Program for Racial Justice and Healing into a comprehensive training; whereby, individuals who complete our training program are certified to practice our unique process. Finally, we have to amplify our voice within the social media arena. There is just too much misinformation being disseminated about healing the traumatic effects of racism.
A facilitated dialogue accompanies the presentation and an inter-active workshop that inspires the audience to interrogate perspectives and feelings that may be different than their own.
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