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"THIS  LITTLE  LIGHT  OF  MINE"

WITH   PLAY   (BARBARA   JOHNS   STORY)

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Honestly, I can’t get any credit for this production at all, it was Mr. Mathis and his crew (Young/Sweeney/Smith/students) all the way! 

This play titled, "This Little Light of Mine: The Barbara Johns Story" written by Mr. Mathis was worthy of making it into all the newspapers in and around Paterson! That's how special it was...Mr. Mathis, Ms. Young, Ms. Sweeney and Mr. Smith, we thank you for the love that was emanating through this work of art which was evident in the full service community EHS dancers, Mr. Mathis' poem, the original play which last year was written by Mr. Mathis and Ms. Queen, the students who came through learning their lines on point, the costumes, the set! The crew! The lighting!  this was a work of heart! 

These are exactly the kinds of stories that because of Mr. Mathis' inspiration, are actually making history on our legendary stage! 

Had it not been for Mr. Mathis, these are the kinds of historical pieces about everyday heroes that would otherwise go into obscurity. The plot: Barbara Johns a student, on the advice of her teacher to do something about the deplorable conditions of her school actually creates a diversion so that her principal would have to leave the school building in order to recruit and execute a protest which gets the attention of the NAACP....during the times of segregation & segregated schools. 

Thank you to Ms. Joyce Miller who reached out to one of the newspapers and we are hoping it will get covered in one last appearance. (Keeping our fingers crossed.) Thank you to Principal Nieves for reaching out to our PPS media and press crew for the district's coverage. Lastly, thank you to our administrators Principal McCollum and Supervisor of Social Studies Ms. VanHouten for their undying support in all of these endeavors. 

I will send a few video clips of the play over our gmail accounts. 

🎉 👏 BRAVO! 

Sincerely and educationally,

Jeannette Sosa 

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