MAAFA-Across the Continent

A Healing Journey

MAAFA Suite-Across the Continent returned last month for its annual run in Brooklyn. One of the most thrilling and touching theatrical experiences ever, the play tells our story in America. Maafa in Swahili means “great tragedy.” First produced in 1995, the play still draws standing room only audiences at St. Paul Community Baptist Church, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, and at churches and theaters around the country.

Conceived and produced by Bishop Johnny Ray Youngblood, the performers consist largely of congregation members. The play’s finale, “Midnight Cry,” is a soul-stirring portrayal of how freedom, the ultimate victory over the negatives—oppression and fear—would feel. MAAFA Suite-Across the Continent stands out as an educational, enlightening, and entertaining experience for the whole family.

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