The #ForBo Initiative was conceived by Prof. Ayvaunn Penn, the award-winning playwright and director behind For Bo (Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2020 Finalist). 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 a Black woman disturbed by the number of unarmed Black 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 mission and goals of The #ForBo Initiative.

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Playwright Prof. Ayvaunn Penn interviewed by Larry Collins of NBC 5 DFW. Photo courtesy of NBC 5 Dallas - Fort Worth.