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CANCELED: "Daughters of Africa" performance shares journey of African American women throughout history

January 22, 2012

Daughters of Africa performance has been canceled.

Minneapolis-based theater troupe Mixed Blood Theatre will present Daughters of Africa on Monday, January 30, at 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College.

Daughters of Africa, written by award-winning playwright Syl Jones, is a commemoration of the triumph of pride, determination, and courage. This celebration of both famous and unheralded African American women features the music of Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and others.

The women portrayed range from slave ship survivors to stars of the silver screen. They include well-known Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, Massachusetts slavery abolitionist Elizabeth Freeman, America’s first black female millionaire Madame C.J. Walker, as well as Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, Rosa Parks, and Oprah Winfrey.

The show features Thomasina Petrus, the talented actress now in her 12th season performing “Daughters of Africa,” and is directed by Warren C. Bowles

Mixed Blood Theatre tours five programs on a national level. Others include a biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Dr. King’s Dream, the American Indian anthology According To Coyote, and a look at elements of Islamic culture in 21st century America in Hijab Tube.

This performance, sponsored by Dordt’s Co-Curricular Committee, is free and open to the public.


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