If You Go
What: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story – A One-Woman Play
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3
Where: UTC University Center Auditorium
How much: Free
Fannie Lou Hamer’s life was dedicated to activism — for voting rights, women’s rights, civil rights and racial equality.
And just in time for the transition from Black History Month in February to Women’s History Month in March, the story of her life, The Fannie Lou Hamer Story – A One-Woman Play is being performed Tuesday night. Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye wrote the play and will be onstage in the University Center Auditorium.
Hamer’s story of growing up the youngest of 20 siblings on a Mississippi sharecropping plantation and fighting for the right to vote is portrayed and performed by Aimbaye in dialogue and 12 songs. The show won “Best Actress,” “Best Producer” and “Best Play” honors at the 2015 Atlanta Black Theater Festival.
Aimbaye will follow the performance with a post-show question and answer session to discuss Hamer’s activism and her influence in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The event also will include light refreshments for the audience. It is sponsored by the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Center for Women and Gender Studies.