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Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On it!
September 23 - October 4
$5 – $50
When I liberate myself, I liberate you!
After a lifetime of agitating for civil rights on the highest platforms in our land, the incredible Fannie Lou Hamer is coming to a neighborhood near you to share her passion for justice – and maybe pass on a spark of her flame.
Fannie Lou Hamer, the midcentury activist for voting, civil, and women’s rights, comes to life in Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It!, a traveling production that recreates Fannie’s famous civil-rights rallies. Fannie is bringing her pickup truck and her Music Man to a parking lot near you to share her journey from sharecropper to activist, sing her favorite old-school spirituals with you, and empower you to be the fearless firebrand she knows you can be.
This production is directed by Derek Snow, who has appeared regularly on the Know’s stage since 2007’s The Pillowman. Derek says, “Fannie Lou has always been one of my personal sheroes, and I enjoy the fact that not too many people are instantly familiar with her name and what she accomplished. Now is the perfect time to ‘edu-tain’ people about her life and the lives of so many who shed blood to ensure my right to vote.
The performance will happen entirely outdoors, with Fannie holding her rally from the bed of her pickup truck. She’ll be visiting parking lots in Over-the-Rhine, Downtown, Price Hill, Covington, and more around the greater Cincinnati area; for a full schedule and to find a performance near your neighborhood, visit their website for more information.
Show dates and times are as follows:
Wednesday, 9/30, 6:30 PM: The BonBonerie, O’Bryonville
Thursday, 10/1, 6:30 PM: Findlay Market Beer Garden, OTR
Friday, 10/2, 6:30 PM: Fountain Square, Downtown Cincinnati
Saturday, 10/3, 3:30 PM: Artsville, Madisonville
Saturday, 10/3, 6:30 PM: Madison Lot, East Walnut Hills
Sunday, 10/4, 3:30 PM: KennedyHeights Arts Center, Kennedy Heights
Sunday, 10/4, 6:30 PM: Five Points Alley, Walnut Hills
The performance on Saturday 10/3 at 6:30 PM will be live-streamed.
In case the performance is canceled for inclement weather, the live stream will be postponed to 10/4 at 3:30.