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Students, employees and visitors were invited to a chamber music theatre presentation on Tuesday, April 12 in T1200 at the LAC.
The showcase was presented from noon to 1:30 p.m. and sponsored by the LBCC Umoja Scholars Program, DAAP and the Student Equality Committee.
Titled “Ain’t I a Woman!,” the play was produced by The Core Ensemble of Paine College in Augusta, Ga. with text by writer Kim Hines.
Professional actress Shinnerrie Jackson took center stage as she embodied the roles of important African-American women in early American history.
Civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hammer, women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth, Artist Clementine Hunter and novelist Zora Neale Hurston were the four shown during the presentation.
Although Jackson took on main verbal roles in the performance, she was not alone on stage. Professional pianist Byron Sean accompanied the actress with ballads as they serenaded the audience with their talents. Sean also performed solo songs in the works of bassist Charles Mingus and pianist Thelonious Monk.
LBCC counselor Erainia Freeman, who is also working with the LBCC Umoja Scholars Program, said, “The performer’s voice and acting were tremendous along with amazing playing by the pianist. It seems the audience started to get into the performance, which was great as well.”
The organizers are now looking forward to sponsoring more presentations in the future by putting together possible events on both campuses.
“Every year, we would like offer some sort of cultural awareness event either at the LAC or PCC that is informative and highlights African American accomplishment and achievements.” Freeman added.