The life of Sojourner Truth highlighted in play
March 3rd, 2011
Omaha, NE – Ain’t I a Woman, the musical celebration of the journey of four powerful African American women in history, opened on the main stage at the College of St. Mary this week.
Ain’t I a Woman follows the life of abolitionist and former slave Sojourner Truth, along with writer and anthropologist Zora Neal Hurston, folk artist Clementine Hunter, and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.
“We’re very excited about this production because it highlights these important African American women,” said Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett, the director of Fine Arts at College of St. Mary. “We think that it provides a model and inspiration for our students, and also to the entire Omaha community.”
Burnett said this is a one-woman show with actress Shinnerrie Jackson from the Core Ensemble, producers of the Chamber Music Theater based in Florida, and includes a variety of music.
“The musical score is drawn from spirituals and blues of the deep south… vital music from the jazz age and some contemporary concert music by African American composers, including one woman composer.”
“Ain’t I a Woman” is part the College of St. Mary’s concert series. The show starts at 7pm Thursday, March 3rd, on the College of St. Mary campus.