7:30 p.m.- Fannie Lou Hamer Story: One-Woman Play
performed by Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye
Kennedy~Reedy Theater, McGlothlin Center for the Arts
The highlight of the E&H 2020 MLK Convocation is a dynamic, acclaimed one-woman performance of the Fannie Lou Hamer Story performed by Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye. Fannie Lou Hamer rose from slaving on sharecropping plantations to lead the charge as the spokesperson for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1964. She held national college student training camps at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Voter Registration Campaign. She founded the Mississippi Freedom Farms initiative to feed the impoverished. Hamer founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to challenge the incumbent European American oppressors by running for congress. Her credentials committee testimony at the 1964 Democratic National Convention caused a seismic shift in the sociopolitical landscape of America which became the catalyst to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. She picked up the inspirational torch of Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman to become the undisputed Mother of Voter Registration for the Negro in America.
This performance is a part of the Official National Voters’ Education Empowerment Tour 2020 and Beyond: Celebrating Women of Civil Rights and Social Justice. More info at https://issuu.com/williambyers/docs/brochure.