Also this week Sign1News MMJ Martha Anger attended a powerful performance at Atlanta Area School for the Deaf.
It was entitled “Stand Your Ground.”
The star of the show was Deaf actor Warren “WaWa” Snipe.
But we found out the visionary behind the entire event was Sign1News anchor Candace Jones.
(Step to the right, step to the left. If you’re dance, drop that body! Circle to the right then circle to the left and hop…)
The “Stand Your Ground” event was all about empowerment, standing up to bullying and believing in yourself.
Warren “WaWa” Snipe conducted three workshops at the school this year to get the students ready.
(music) How nice of you to visit me. Now you’re in my world, consider yourself history!”
This was Candace Jones’ vision. Mallory Clark and myself Krystle Wilson got together and helped plan this with Candace’s vision in mind.
We brought in Stacey Shapiro who then connected with WaWa Snipe and invited him to our school. All of these collaborations came together and Candace’s vision became a reality.
The students performed skits, expressed themselves through poetry and music and shared their strengths and triumphs with being Deaf.
I hope the students learn from this experience, explore their culture, value their experience growing up and give them more confidence to feel good about themselves and about being Deaf.
Years ago WaWa said he didn’t think he was a role model.
He was just acting for fun.
But now he realizes his life and his wisdom are worth sharing with the next generation.
I believe children have everything now. They can become anything they want. But they have a tendency to grow up seeing people tell them “No, no, no. Why? You’re Deaf. You can’t, can’t, can’t. Me and the other Deaf artists are living proof that you can succeed. So why not teach them? We have to support them. That’s very important.
(music) I’m busy giving love. Your hate keeps me going and I’m ridin’ all the way. I don’t care. You can’t hold me down, hold me down…
Great job Candace and congratulations to all of the students and staff at AASD for all of your hard work in putting on a wonderful show.