Code Switch

“Code Switch” is a one-man show performed by Joshua Slack that explores the navigation of code-switching.Code-switching involves adjusting one’s way of life Erin ways that will optimize the comfort of others in exchange for fair treatment, quality service, and employment opportunities.But at what cost? Why are we afraid to be ourselves?”

Joshua Slack was born into a military family; his mother served in the Coast Guard, and his father was a college professor. He spent his childhood in various cities, but with family roots tying back to singers and artists from New Orleans and Philadelphia, Joshua considers himself well-versed in many aspects of Black American life.

While attending California State University, Fresno, Joshua majored in theatre arts, emphasizing acting and Africana studies. He performed in many productions through the Black Theatre Program, while serving as the President for the Black Students United, the ONYX Black Male Collective, and was a founding member of the Afrikan Black Coalition at Fresno State. He worked with the NAACP to organize the Fresno Black Lives Matter protest in May 2020.