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Oklahoma Marriage Initiative presents 'Jump the Broom' screening


Caitlin Harrison March 26th, 2009

Laugh, cry and sing Saturday at a play that celebrates the trials and triumphs of black relationships. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, the musical drama " Jump the Broom" detai...

Laugh, cry and sing Saturday at a play that celebrates the trials and triumphs of black relationships.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, the musical drama " Jump the Broom" details the lives of seven characters who need communication to make their love last. On the heels of March 22's Black Marriage Day, the play shows the importance of healthy relationships, marriage and family support.

"'Jump the Broom' talks about the struggles, the trials, as well as the victories and the triumphs of marriage," said Bob Davis, community relations specialist for the OMI. "I think it's good for our community to see the message of strong families and healthy relationships, that those are achievable."

Directed by Thomas Meloncon, the renowned one-act play has staged in cities across the country. An audience discussion with the actors and local marriage and family counseling professionals will follow the performance.

"(It's) just to get a feeling about what the community is saying about marriage and relationships, how to make them work, just trying to feel the pulse of our community," Davis said.

The organization hopes to promote the legacy of strong, committed marriages in the black community, he said.

The show stages at 2 p.m. at Douglass High School, 900 N. Martin Luther King. Admission is free, but reservations are required. For more information, call 848-2171.

"Caitlin Harrison

 
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