‘Selma The Musical: The Untold Stories’ draws large audience

 The cast took the stage at the Community Counseling Services Gymnasium, Thursday night to present “Selma The Musical: The Untold Stories.
Staff Writer

The System of Care Connect and Nspire Proram (SOC/CAN) under the umbrella of Community Counseling Services hosted the production of “Selma The Musical: The Untold Stories,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Community Counseling Services gymnasium.

The event was free and open to the public. The musical tied the present to the past with the older generation informing the younger of the price paid for the freedoms enjoyed today. The production played to a packed house with an appreciative audience.

The public was invited to come and enjoy an award-winning production geared toward bridging the gap between justice, multiculturalism, family relations, social well-being and support, and equality amongst communities.

Jana Haynes, a native of Monroe County, went to Selma for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday to get a feel for the one of the key events from the Civil Rights Movement. After the moving experience she wrote, "Selma The Musical: The Untold Stories."

In a previous interview, Haynes said she stayed true to the history and what happened in Selma.

"We started bringing this musical on the road and we've never stopped," Haynes said.

The play has been presented all over the United States.

"We were able to bring this production to West Point thanks to a System of Care grant," Letrice Freeman with System of Care and Nspire Program, said. "We wanted to raise awareness about mental health issues that impact everyone in every walk of life. We had hoped to reach all kinds of people in our community."

System of Care had free information available about mental health issues that impact people of all walks of life.

Freeman said the organization is in Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee and Oktibbeha counties and partners with Families First, The Mission, Child Protective Services, West Point Consolidated School District, Bright Horizons, local churches and the West Point Police Department.