In honor of black history month, the Dauphin County Commissioners are hosting a free program to help the community reflect on our country's history.
The play "Make That Change" hit the stage at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg. It's a one-hour performance based on the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi nearly six decades ago. Till was an African American boy who was killed after reportedly flirting with a white woman.
The play follows high school students as they confront difficult issues including peer pressure, addiction and violence.
"These are things that affect our community," County Commissioner Georgie Hartwick said, "We need to have a dialogue; we need to be able to talk about what those solutions are and a better way to present ourselves and have transparency and the ability for us to lead, and understand what our roles are in that process. There's no better way to start than with our youth."
The play will hold another performance at the Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg at 7 p.m.
This program kicks off a series of special events called Project TURN (Teach Uplift Reach Now) which is aimed at empowering youth from the One-Stop Shop job and internship fair in March to drug and alcohol prevention efforts. It's all free and sponsored by Dauphin County Commissioners, Dauphin County Parks and Recreation, Highmark Blue Shield and Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.