Actress Maxine Maxwell will present a one-person dramatic portrayal of important African and African-American women in history at Samford University Wednesday, February 28, at 9 p.m. in Wright Center Recital Hall. The public is invited free of charge.
"Echoes of the Past" explores the turning points in the lives of five women of remarkable strength and courage. The performance takes a look at what it has been like to be black and female over the past 150 years.
The program will dramatize scenes from the lives of slaves Henrietta King, antislavery activist Sojourner Truth, journalist Ida V. Wells, teenager Elizabeth Eckford who as one of the "Little Rock Nine" integrated Central High in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957, and South African activist Winnie Mandela.
Subtle costume changes help set the scene to tell each woman's story.
Maxwell, a graduate of Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts, has taught many theatre workshops and has been a producer in New York. As an actor, she has performed extensively as a solo artist and as a member of performing ensembles. Her acting credits include the national tour of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide." Her musical credits include a U.S. tour of "World Turning," a history of the banjo featuring Tony Trischka.
The program, part of Black History Month observance, is sponsored by the Samford Student Activities Council.