Dr. Hall’s audio play, “Wake,” is informative, honest and powerful! The audio play follows her life’s journey from Attorney, to PhD student, to Teacher, and finally to Author, through which she finds her life’s purpose in her work.
Dr. Hall exhibits transparency and rawness with her audio play’s anecdotes, and when asked if she was ever hesitant about expressing her story, she confidently stands in her truth and journey. The audio play covers intersectional system oppression through American history, law fields and academia, and exhibits Dr. Hall’s highs and lows, as she embarks towards the trials and tribulations of committing to finding your mission, and passion through your craft. “Wake’s” audio play showcases scholar Dr. Hall’s story of researching and teaching about women-led slave revolts for her PhD, in order to create more awareness of a part of American history that is unfortunately often unknown and erased. Dr. Hall offers self-aware, truthful and captivating inner monologues through her text, that talented Actress DeWanda Wise, effortlessly creates the voiceover for. Both Actress DeWanda Wise and Dr. Hall believe that the process of recording “Wake” was both cathartic and healing, and that important, in-depth conversations were had along the way between the two. During our interview, DeWanda mentions how all marginalized groups face danger when it comes to having basic human rights. Dr. Hall empathized in our interview, how necessary, and without-question, intersectionality, has to be included in every conversation that is had, in order to move the needle forward when it comes to human rights – including genders, race, socio-economic class, geography, backgrounds, lgbtq+; etc,. brings the meaningful context and impactful layers to American history and social justice. Unfortunately, with many states across America trying to get rid of certain aspects of American history, Dr. Hall brings forward the truth and the stories, which should be passed along to students nationally!