Join The #ForBo Initiative

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Participating Institutions and Organizations – Catch a Performance Near You!

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Mission & Goals

  • Honoring the life and memory of Botham Jean and examining the issues that contributed to his death at the hands of ex-police officer Amber Guyger
  • Using performing arts as a catalyst for positive social change by fostering conversations nationwide that:
    • Heal racial divides through empathy
    • Examine issues within the American criminal justice system
    • Promote healthy relationships between all but especially African-American civilians and police officers

How does an organization or institution participate?

Host a staged reading and community discussion of For Bo: A Play Inspired by the Murder of Botham Jean by Police Officer Amber Guyger
  • Click here for script acquisition inquiries
  • Never hosted a staged reading of a play before? No worries! A staged reading is not a full-blown stage production with costumes, sets, and memorized lines. Therefore, it is manageable and can be as casual or as dazzling as you like.
  • For community discussions, organizations and institutions are encouraged to:
    • Feature a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary panel of professionals and community leaders who can provide insight and informed perspectives on these social issues
    • Take active measures to ensure their community discussions: allow community members to share emotions and thoughts in a constructive way; encourage all points of view to be heard; move conversations in the direction of viable solutions for positive social change
  • NOTE: The objective of this initiative is to facilitate peaceful, safe discourse between community members and community leaders.

Initiative Origins

The #ForBo Initiative was conceived by Ayvaunn Penn, Black And Making It founder and the award-winning playwright and director behind For Bo. She was moved to write this play while following the nationally televised trial in which Dallas, Texas, ex-Police Officer Amber Guyger was convicted of the murder of Botham Jean. As an African-American woman disturbed by the number of unarmed African-Americans suffering police brutality and/or dying at the hands of police, she purposed to use For Bo — a fictional play inspired by the murder of Botham Jean — to spark community conversations nationwide that will achieve the goals detailed above.

For Bo in the Press

#ForBo Initiative






Photo of Botham Jean courtesy of WFAA-TV