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Alabama State University Presents a Special Play "Africa to America" for Black History Month (1615 hits)

WHEN: Wed. - Sat. at 7 p.m.; with special school matinees at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14-16.
WHERE: ASU's Leila Barlow Theatre in the Tullibody Fine Arts Building; corner N. University & S. Jackson.
INFO: To make reservations, buy tickets or more info, call 334-229-6929 or visit http://www.ticketreturn.com.

It is Black History Month and what better subject to celebrate it than a home-grown theatrical play on Africa to America.

Alabama State University’s Department of Theatre Arts has done just that and it starts this week with an exciting look at the African-American experience as it presents a special performance of “Africa to America: The History of A People” at the Leila Barlow Theatre in ASU’s Tullibody Fine Arts Building.

The play, created and directed by the chairwoman of ASU's Theatre Arts Department, the Rev. Dr. Wendy R. Coleman, is a tale of perspective, pride and power, and a celebration of African-American heritage and honor.

Told with sensitivity, music and dance, this rich and powerful experience depicts the struggles, determination and triumph as seen through the eyes of many African ancestors who survived the trip from Africa to America. The audience member is taken into the lives of the 'experience/diaspora' through the eyes of iconic figures such as Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Angela Davis, Rosa Parks and the first African-American President and First Lady, Barack & Michelle Obama.

“Americans would not be who they are today had it not been for the contributions that were made, often at great cost, by people of African ancestry,” said Coleman. “This play sheds a light on our ancestors’ passions, strengths and courage.”

The cast features ASU alumni Jerry Morris, Ron McCall and Kendrick Hardy with a special appearance by Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart, acclaimed screen/stage actress and dean of ASU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Evening performances are at 7 p.m. nightly on Feb. 15-18, with 10 a.m. special school matinees on Feb. 14-16. The doors of the theatre will open one hour prior to the curtain going up.

General admission for both evening and matinee performances is $10; and $6 for ASU students with a valid I.D.

To make matinee reservations for school groups or for tickets and information, call 334-229-6929/4551 or visit www.ticketreturn.com.
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Monday, February 13th 2017 at 4:41PM
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Mr. Culpepper,

You and I have been through this a couple of times already and that is Black Americans are not Africans since Black Americans did not come from Africa.

Black Americans are a new race of people born out of the ashes of plantation slavery when the White slave masters bred themselves with the first wave of their African slaves and with each generation there after four 300 years until Pres. Abraham Lincoln outlawed plantation slavery in 1865.
In between the first breeding session to the last breeding session the race of the slaves is gradually forming into a NEW race of people which is neither Caucasian nor African, but a NEW race of people!

Why it is you will not accept that Black Americans including yourself is part of a NEW race of people that had never existed before plantation slavery started in this country in the 1500s? Why are you so stupid you will not accept the truth? You know that I am not lying to you since everything that I am saying history which is reality bears witness to every fact I stated above. Black Americans are not African people and did not come from Africa!

Who else would know the origin of a NEW race of people but the first genuinely anointed prophet of that people which I am while everybody else is labeling Black Americans as Moors, Tribe of Shabazz, Africans, biblical Hebrew Israelite people and the labels goes on and on. That is because Black Americans don’t know who they are and can’t figure it out until I laid it out that we are a NEW race of people born out of the ashes of plantation slavery.

Now, act like you have been informed of the truth and stop thinking about Black Americans come in from Africa because it didn’t happen that way.

Saturday, February 18th 2017 at 8:06AM
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