Salvation Army - Chattanooga, TN


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February 6, 2013

The Salvation Army Honors Black History Month with Lunch and Performance – "Lift Every Voice"

Chattanooga, TN – In honor of Black History month, The Salvation Army welcomes "The Word Players" from Knoxville, TN. This group will present their Black History Touring Show of "Lift Every Voice" by Doug Floyd on Saturday, February 16, at 12:00 noon. "Lift Every Voice" is a one-act presentation in drama, song and dance that tells the story and the influence of the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1929).

Lunch will be provided during the discussion time after the performance. This event is FREE but donations are appreciated. Seating is limited and the doors will open at 11:30 am.

For more information contact Tenika Dye at  or 423-756-1023 .

What: "The Word Players" presenting "Lift Every Voice", followed by lunch and discussion
When: February 16 at 12 pm; Doors open at 11:30 am
Where: The Salvation Army's Recreate Café 
Cost: FREE but donations are appreciated
More Info: Tenika Dye 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

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About the Show

Through story-telling, narration, song, and dance, audiences will enjoy the rich culture of the Harlem Renaissance. They will experience the power of Claude McKay's poem, "If We Must Die." They will be caught up in the rhythms of Langston Hughes' "Weary Blues" and Ma Rainey's "When it Rains." They will be swept up in the passion of Zora Neale Hurston's heart-felt prose. All of these elements, among others, will illustrate the convergence of humanity, the creative collaboration, and the cultural consciousness that was the Harlem Renaissance. We hope you will plan to be a part of the audience.

The production highlights important cultural, artistic, and political figures and events focusing on the contributions of several key figures in the Harlem Renaissance, such as W.E.B. DuBois, James Weldon Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Zora Neale Hurston. It also puts into context the incredible influence of the Harlem Renaissance on people such as Elvis Presley, Spike Lee, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The unique communicative power of theatre will make for a memorable experience for the audiences who attend "Lift Every Voice."