My family came to the United States from Nigeria when I was about 8 years old. We arrived in October — which was a terrible choice. At school I had heard of halloween but I paid no heed to it as I knew that my parents would not really let me celebrate such a holiday and I still hadn’t made sufficient friends to explain to me exactly why there were cobwebs and spiders everywhere. At that point I just believed white people had some kind of reverence for spiders much like India’s reverence for cows. That night when children came to the house looking for candy, my house turned to chaos. At first my parents thought it was just some kids trying to play a trick on us, and let it go. When the second group of kids came my grandma thought that we had been cursed and began to pray. By the third one my parents were petrified and thought there may be some racist response to our moving into the neighborhood. They called the police. The officers were extremely nice and spent more than one hour explaining to my parents what Halloween was and that they were safe. Next year we all dressed up as flowers. It was amazing.
“What a great program. The music was amazing and the speakers were wonderful. I hope there are plans for more events like this." - audience member
"I am a junior at Mahtomedi High School and a co-founder of S.A.F.E(Students Advocating for Equity). I serve on the Walking Together Board and will be a reader the night of the event. I jumped at the chance to be a part of this project so that I could bring the community together with a common interest in music. I fell in love with the writings because they show how important it is to love and embrace the background of yourself."
“A phenomenal, memorable production!” - audience member