Kumba Youth Showcase highlights award-winning play

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Kumba Youth Showcase at Burley Middle School on Saturday afternoon shined a spotlight on a play that tackles controversial racial issues.

A production of the play, called "#WhileBlack," was put on at the end of the showcase.

Kayla Scott, a senior at Monticello High School, wrote the play and won an award from the Virginia Theatre Association.

Scott wrote the play to start a conversation about racial profiling and gentrification.

She hopes the play can show people how discrimination makes a big impact on the community.

"As long as I'm able to touch one heart and open somebody's eyes and show them this is what we go through. This is how your actions are affecting us because some people are oblivious of their actions," Scott said. "They may not consider themselves as trying to discriminate on purpose, but what they're doing is coming off as discrimination is hurting us."

She will graduate from Monticello High School this year and hopes to attend North Carolina A&T to study biology and theater.

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