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By playwright Charles David Brooks, III, Director

November 15 - 17, 2017 at 7:00pm

Location: Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre


Affairs of Our Ancestors opens November 15, 16, & 17, at 7:00pm, at Benedict College Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre,by playwright Charles David Brooks, III.  Affairs depicts an ancient spiritual council assembling in order to relate to this present generation the need to rise up,  stand up, stay up, and to bring awareness to this world.  These ancient ancestors moved me spiritually to write about them so that their open-mouth could speak to the youth, young adults, and older adults.  During the writing of Affairs, I could feel their spirits rising up within me as they dictated to me as to what is to be.  It was as if the ancestral spirits wanted to look out, through me, into this modern world from the realm of the afterlife. Affairs came to me as a vision from our ancestral spirits.

Affairs opens up with Akhenaton (the Creator of Monotheism) calling upon his Creator, who revealed himself thousands of years ago to Akhenaton, to remind Him of what was demand of Akhenaton that is to reveal to the known world that there is but One Spirit. The audience becomes part of this exchange as ancient information between Human and Spirit is reveal.  Akhenaton calls up the Spirit to intervene into this world, of today, to reach the ‘children of the Light.’  Imhotep, physician, architect, surgeon, and genius, is sent by the Spirit to advise Akhenaton as to what kinds of challenges he will need to deal with to reach the off springs of the mighty Kings and Queens that once ruled Civilizations.  Civilizations that was and is mightier than the Old and New Worlds that sells the Souls of its people in slave markets for human trafficking of various kinds.  Several Queens reveals themselves from the realm of the Spiritual World to remind ‘the children of the Light’ as to “Who and to whose they are.” Nefertiti, Queen of Kemet reveals her plan from the afterlife to save ‘the children of the Light’ in these worlds that pry upon their bodies and souls, as she pass through several thousand of ancient years ago to reveal herself. Nzinga, Amazon Queen, who held back, with her armies, the Portuguese slave traders from entering into the slave trading of her people.  It was only after her death that Portuguese slave traders invaded Angola, in middle 17th Century.  We hear from Makeda, Queen of Sheba, Candace, Empress of Ethiopia, Dahia Al Kahina, and Askia Tome, who united the entire central region of the Western Sudan and established a governmental machine that is still revered today for its detail and efficiency.   Kings include Affonso I King of Angola, Hannibal, Ruler of Carthage, and Behanzin Hossu Bowelle, King of Dahomey Amazons. The audience is given a chance to “see and hear” what ‘children of the Light’ are faced with in these worlds of western civilization.


Theatre Ensemble, directed by Charles David Brooks, III, includes the Ensemble cast of Cary C Corley, Jeriel McClurkin, Janeane Taylor, Queshaun Thompkins, Rajendra Neupane, Sorenya Miller, Nicole Hargrow, Stephan Richardson, Aayana Noel, Eugie Pierre, Joshua Colter, and Tyrell Glynn.  For further information contact 803-705-4358.

For additional information, contact Professor Charles D. Brooks, III, Benedict College Theatre Ensemble Director at (803) 705-4358 or

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:00pm to Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:00pm