Walter’s World: Healing Through the Arts

By Walter Rutledge

The indomitable human spirit has the ability to rise in moments of extreme tragedy and inconsolable despair. It lifts our downcast head and illuminates the darkness, revealing that glimmer of hope we refer to as the light at the end of the tunnel. Tynetta Megginson mother was murdered in 2001; to help herself and her children walk toward the light Megginson founded A Helping Hand Heals a Heart.

The organization brings together families that have been devastated by the homicide. “A Helping Hand Heals a Heart was founded on the belief that helping others allows one to heal self”, shared Megginson. After the death of her mother, her children found solace in the performing arts. Eventually the arts also provided Megginson with an outlet for her pain, and aided in the healing process.

On October 16 and 17 A Helping Hand Heals a Heart and Harlem Mothers Save will present for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf at Harlem Stage, Aaron Davis Hall located on the campus of City College. The production will function as a fundraiser for the Catch a Falling Star Scholarship. The scholarship will give two young people, who have survived domestic violence and are currently in treatment with Safe Horizons (an organization that offers support to families affected by homicide), to attend the Harlem School of the Arts. The Catch a Falling Star Scholarship honors the memory of a brother and sister who were murder by their father in 2004.

For colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf is the groundbreaking Tony nominated play written by Ntozake Shange. The all female cast addresses the realities of rape, abuse and domestic violence. Actor Mel Williams will direct the production. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and children.

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