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Loyola celebrates the lives of four African-American women

January 23, 2009


Loyola University New Orleans Women’s Resource Center, LUCAP, the Twomey Center for Peace through Justice and the Center for Intercultural Understanding have joined together to co-sponsor “Ain’t I a Woman,” a celebration of the lives of four important African-American women. The performance is Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., at Nunemaker Auditorium on Loyola’s main campus. It is free and open to the public.

This one-woman show by actress Shinnerrie Jackson and accompanied by a chamber music trio, chronicles and honors the lives of ex-slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, folk artist Clementine Hunter, writer Zora Neale Hurston and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.

“Ain’t I a Woman” was conceived by and will be performed by the Core Ensemble, a group of accomplished artists based in Florida, who have toured and performed internationally. Jackson will portray each of the women, while a cellist, pianist and percussionist play a musical score that draws from southern spirituals, jazz and modern African-American composers.

In 2000, the Core Ensemble received the Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and The Boston Globe called the ensemble “often formidable, always intelligent, ultimately compelling.”

“Ain’t I a Woman” kicks off Loyola University’s celebration of Black History Month. For more information on the performance, contact Karen Reichard, director of Loyola’s Women’s Resource Center at reichard@loyno.edu or by phone at (504)864-7880.

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