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FANNIE: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

January 13, 2023 - January 16, 2023


August Wilson African American Cultural Center, City Theatre Company, and DEMASKUS Theater Collective present:

FANNIE: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer
By Cheryl L. West
Directed by Joy Vandervort-Cobb

Produced in partnership with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA) and Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY)

Fannie Lou Hamer was the baby of her family, who were sharecroppers with 19 children before her. After working on plantations for most of her adult life, she joined the Civil Rights movement. Three years after attending a rally, she co-founded a new political party to advocate for Black voting rights. Involuntarily sterilized, robbed of her possessions, and beaten in jail, Fannie Lou Hamer was not deterred. This play with music has a cast of one, in recognition of the sheer power of Fannie Lou Hamer’s will.