On April 18 – 21, 2012, Cass Technical High School in Detroit became only the second high school ever to perform the musical I co-wrote, The Color Purple. My father went to Cass, as did one of my Color Purple collaborators, Stephen Bray. I had the honor of speaking before every performance, all of which were incredible, especially given the subject matter and age of the kids in the show. Thank you, kids, teachers, alumni and everyone else who made this run one of the most exciting in the life of The Color Purple.