Tuskegee University’s annual Lyceum Series debuts this October with a pair of one-person performances that underscore its purpose of leveraging artistic, literary and cultural programs to spotlight contemporary societal topics for students and the surrounding community.
On Tuesday, Oct. 1 — at 6 p.m. in the campus’ Logan Hall — playwright and actress Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye will perform “I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, A One-Woman Play.” The play is based on the life of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer — and is being credited with potentially changing the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
With its central messages of civic engagement, civil rights and social justice, “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story” is on its National Voters Education Empowerment Tour. The national tour is rekindling grassroots voting power to restore fair representation in order to disrupt gerrymandering and abusive redistricting power in America. As part of the performance, voter registration booths will be available, and a Q&A session will follow the play.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15 — at 6 p.m. in Logan Hall — Stogie Kenyatta will perform “Paul Robeson: One-Man Play,” which he created to tell the story of the Harlem Renaissance’s Paul Robeson, a gifted actor, singer, author, athlete and political activist.
Through it, the Jamaican-born and Brooklyn-bred comedian, actor and screenwriter shows us that, in spite of our differences, we still have more in common than we do in conflict. This show and lively Q&A that follows, like Robeson’s life, serve as a cultural ambassador inspiring us to greater understanding, achievements and a more noble life.
Like all Lyceum Series events, both performances are free and open to students, faculty, staff and others in the community who wish to attend.
The Lyceum Series will continue throughout the 2019-20 academic year with the university’s annual Christmas Concert and Tree-Lighting Ceremony (Dec. 8); Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s “Ailey II” (Jan. 28); author and social activist Patrisse Cullors, which will be part of the university’s Common Reading Book Experience program (Feb. 25); author, professor and critic Dr. Adam Bradley (March 31); and the university’s annual Dawson Institute Lecture and Concert (April 4).
The annual, year-round series features notable headliners who educate, enlighten and entertain audiences while educating them in an engaging and holistic way. For more information about the series and updates on future presenters, visit www.tuskegee.edu/lyceumseries.
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