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In Celebration of All That I Am
African-American History Month Event
- Date: 02/01/2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
- Location: Blyden Branch Library
879 E. Princess Anne Road
Norfolk, Virginia 23504
"In Celebration of All That I Am" is a multimedia presentation of video, music, poetry, prose and theatrical presentations featuring master storyteller, Mendel Denise Service celebrating the long overdue acknowledgement and recognition of the contributions of black women in the civil rights movement. Mendel explores behind the scenes stories through characters based on real and fictional females representing various roles and achievements while skillfully showing how ordinary people often do simple, yet profound acts of courage that result in changing the social fabric of a country that was once so divided by racism and injustice and replacing limitations with possibilities.
The show demonstrates how, when women from all walks of life were willing to take risks for freedom (even when some risks came with dire consequences), a new era was shepherded in and hope replaced despair. In the end, the civil rights movement focused on the fact that we are all human, have dreams, seek to be free, want to be respected and deserve to live with dignity in a world free from oppression. This one person show is motivating, comforting and an important addition to the HERstory of females not only in the U.S. but throughout the world.