Local group tells the story of desegregation using dance

TOPEKA, Kan, (WIBW) -- As part of the 65th celebration of the Brown V. Board of Education decision Steven Massey’s Black Onyx Artistic Creatives performed “Dance in Black and White…a Movement in Desegregation.”

“It affected me even growing up cause I’m a little older. And I remember sometimes not being able to go to certain places because of the color of my skin,” Massey said.

Massey was able to use costumes and different styles of dance to tell the story.

“On the white side more like ballet and contemporary. Very simple and contemporary. And then in the black side it was African and then jazz. So that’s where I see the sides of dance even though they all do them now,” he explained.

At the end of the performance the different dancers came together.

“We were able to mix and match them and then at the very end on Glory you see the opposite had the opposite top on so we try to show that we’ve come together as a unit,” Massey said.

Massey said he was glad to have been able to tell his story through dance and is proud of his dancers.

“I had a lot of assistance this year. I tried to get some of the young people to do some of the choreography so I can pass on my legacy of dance in Topeka,” Massey added.