|What:||Black History Month Celebration
A two-part event welcoming The Word Players from Knoxville, TN for the 4th Annual presentation of their Black History Month Touring Show
|When:||Saturday February 27|
|Noon:||The World Premiere of "OH, Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad" by Peter Manos.|
|1:00 PM:||5th Annual - "Dreamers In Action Luncheon"|
If you have food allergies or questions email or call 423-305-6208 .
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The greatest collaboration against racism in American history before the Civil Rights Movement was the Underground Railroad, in which persons of all ethnic backgrounds and of both sexes from North and South came together to resist the oppression of slavery by helping escaped slaves make their way to free territory in the years before the Civil War.
"Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad" celebrates this collaboration combining the stories of the men and women who were active in the fight against slavery with songs of the period. Oh Freedom! inspires us all to work together for the good of all as it celebrates a time when Americans were at their courageous best, supporting one another, regardless of background, ethnicity or gender, in the cause to extend to all Americans our greatest, most inalienable right: to be free. It is important to understand that this supreme example of what Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature" is what continues to make us strong as a nation and as citizens of the world.
This project is funded under an agreement with the TENNESSEE ARTS COMMISSION and supported by the ARTS FUND OF EAST TENNESSEE FOUNDATION.
The "Dreamers In Action Luncheon" was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s desire for us all to be welcomed at the "table of brotherhood." The luncheon is an unique time for individuals from various communities to talk, dream, and share a meal together. A discussion centered on the play will occur during the luncheon.