What I Learned In Paris


The city of Atlanta, Georgia has always been at the forefront of one of the most progressive cities in the last 4 years. When Maynard Jackson was elected mayor in 1973, it would turn the city of Atlanta into a place where African-Americans would flock to for a new start. Young politicians saw Atlanta as an opportunity to make a difference in their community, college students saw it as a place to attend well-known institutions like Spelman and Morehouse College, and lastly it was a place where African-Americans were leading the way for change.
Nationally recognized author and playwright Pearl Cleage, served as Maynard Jackson’s speechwriter and press secretary during his campaign. It was during her experience that she was inspired to write her play What I Learned in Paris, which is now playing at the Indiana Repertory Theatre until April 12th.
The year 1973 was the setting of the play, which followed 5 friends who assisted during the campaign that would make Jackson the first African-American mayor of the city of Atlanta. During the campaign, somehow the 5 friends seemed to find fulfillment in their roles while working on the campaign, yet they somehow could not deny their calling placed on their hearts for love and new beginnings.
There are a number of issues that were discussed during the play. The year 1973 brought about a new beginning of topics such as racial equality, women’s rights, and new roles for African-Americans who wanted to explore leadership opportunities. Audiences will cry, laugh, sing, and reminisce during the 2 hour 30 minute play.
What I Learned in Paris is a comedy that plants the seed of possibility into all those who attend. Like the characters, it causes the attendee not to be afraid to dream about what could be and what could become.


About nuamazinglife

Brandon Jackson is a writer, public speaker, relationship coach, and educator from Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from North Central High School in Indianapolis, Brandon attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta. He then transferred to Vincennes University where he received his Associates Degree in General Studies. In 2002 he graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in Radio &TV/Film. Brandon also attended Christian Theological Seminary where he studied for his Master’s in Marriage Family Counseling. Brandon believes that success in life begins when you know how to love yourself first and when you can love others regardless of their flaws. Brandon has spoken at various churches, colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. Brandon also recently was a part of a panel at the 2011 Women’s Expo that featured actor Larenz Tate & Pastor Anthony Jackson. Brandon realizes that everything he has is because of God and he doesn’t take for granted the blessings that are in his life. Brandon’s goal as a speaker is to carry his message of how singles can find happiness and how marriage can be a goal for couples who desire it. Brandon has a DVD out entitled “Success in Your Relationship: a look at being single, dating, and marriage” and is currently working on a book entitled “From a Man’s Heart: Becoming the Man Your Woman Desires.”
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