Playwright Rudi Richardson has teamed up with Executives Producers Bessie and Cedric Bell to write The Message, The Music, The Movement, The Change. This stage play has been sanctioned as a part of the Civil Rights Tour and debuted , February 7, 2020 at the Metropolitan AME Zion Church in the historical 4th Ave District.
Beginning in 1916, The Message, The Music, The Movement, The Change will take spectators on a Black History journey. The stage play presents an up and close personal view of the truth. It carries a message of segregation and how Birmingham, Al. was a city that refused to integrate. It will take you through Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's impact on the movement. It depicts the message of hope for a better future for Blacks in Birmingham. The stage play provides the music of strong Black singers that provided a light for change through the words in their songs. It also tells the story of a young Black man in Pratt City who was murdered by a group of White kids after they attended a KKK meeting.
The Message, The Music, The Movement touches on some painful topics and will challenge you to think and reflect. But, most importantly it will provoke Americans to ask the question, "Has change really come?"
Executive Producer Bessie Bell promises that this will be an epic and moving stage play, served with a catered scrumptious southern cuisine. Mrs. Bell hopes that play attendees will leave the dinner theatre educated, enlightened, and empowered.
Bessie Bell, Executive Producer
Bessie Bell is the Executive Director of Just Be Reel Foundation.
The Just Be Reel Foundation has produced major productions such as " I Hear Music In The Air, The Message In The Music, and Gospel Goes Classical. The Just Be Reel Foundation has worked with national and local artists such as David and Tamela Mann, Tina & Ericia Campbell, Kirk Carr, Kirk Franklin, Dr. Henry Panion, and Pastor Mike McClure, and others.
Bessie is a community organizer and has worked with many organizations to bring awareness HIV / AIDS, Diabetes Type2, Youth Homelessness and Youth Hunger and Organ donation. Bessie has been instrumental in helping to launch the local careers of Denita Gibbs, Nikki Jackson, Deidre Gaddis, and many others.
Bessie is married to Pastor Cedric L. Bell , mother of 2 and grandmother of 3. She resides in Tussville, Al.