African American Nurses & the Second World War
‘Fort Huachuca’ a play set in Arizona on an army base camp. Focusing on the
contributions and sacrifices made by the African-American women’s army auxiliary
corps (WAAC’s) during the Second World War written by Angolan born, London
raised actress and writer Ailema De Sousa. A concept created last summer after
failing to find a film or play about World War Two which featured Black women
playing central or supporting characters in a narrative. They were non-existent.
The pivotal and influential contributions that African-American women made towards the
Second World War, were discovered through extensive research. With the success
of stories and films such as ‘Hidden Figures’ and more recently ‘Girls Trip’ a story like
‘Fort Huachuca’ is needed now more than ever. This success suggests that people
want to see a different narrative, they want to see themselves reflected on screen
and on stage. Ailema and the rest of the cast (Paris Iris Campbell, Rebekah Murrell,
Lauren Alexander, Lunga Skosana, and Andi Jashy), will perform a snippet of the
play directed by Mona Khalili at the National Theatre Studios, here in London,
England on November 3rd at the Next Up Talent Showcase (@NextUpTalent).
A Next Up Talent CEO: Elizabeth Alabi on Fort Huachuca “This story is part of a
history that has not been told, it is an important piece of all our history that must be
brought to the light and I am very excited about the future of this piece”.
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Tafi Mukunyadzi is a journalist working for the Associated Press in Chicago, Illinois. She’s a lover of words, food, fashion and makeup, who was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Arkansas.