MIKE WILEY PERFORMANCE HONORED BLACK HISTORY MONTH
ENTERPRISE, AL February, 2012 – Playwright and actor Mike Wiley performed a one man play entitled “One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom” at Enterprise State Community College on February 28 and 29 in honor of Black History Month.
Wiley told the true story of Henry “Box” Brown, an African American who was born a slave in 1816 in Louisa County, VA. At the age of thirty-three, he was bequeathed to his master’s son, who sent him to work in his tobacco factory in Richmond. When Brown witnessed his wife and children taken from him and sold to another state, he reached his breaking point and devised an escape plan that would have him sealed in a small wooden box and shipped to friends and to freedom in Philadelphia.
Wiley’s one-person, multi-character theatre works, audience members join Wiley on stage, quickly and comfortably becoming pivotal players who helped propel the historic action. ESCC faculty and staff participation included Mr. Sam Covington, Janet Daniels, and Deidre Frith along with Dr. Jean Johnson’s husband and several ESCC students. Wiley was accompanied with live music and song provided by Dr. Jean Johnson, Ken Thomas and an ESCC choral group.
This performance was made possible in part by Enterprise State Community College, the ESCC Black History Month committee, the Lyceum Committee and the Chris and Leah Walls Family Memorial Fund.