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Tigers contribute in local Tennessee Williams Festival
CLARKSDALE – A group of Coahoma Community College students now have a greater appreciation for Clarksdale native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams after participating in Clarksdale’s annual Tennessee Williams Festival.

Tigers contribute in local Tennessee Williams Festival

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Fri Oct 21, 2016

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A group of CCC Tigers participated in the local Tennessee Williams Festival. Pictured on the left  (front row, from left) are Tigers Sammittra Harrell, Tyierserica Henson, (back row) Danny Dykes, and Sheigra Davis. Pictured on the right (from left) are Tigers Dwan Brown, Trennall Brown, CCC English Instructor Wanda Lee, CCC English Chair Vera Griffin, Jerry Carter, and Aramis Robinson.

CLARKSDALE – A group of Coahoma Community College students now have a greater appreciation for Clarksdale's native son and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams after participating in the annual Tennessee Williams Festival.

Tigers in CCC English Instructor Wanda Lee’s English Composition II class were given an assignment to write critical essays about characters in Tennessee Williams’ 1947 play, “Streetcar Named Desire.”

As a form of community service and outreach, four of Lee’s students shared their essays with Tennessee Williams enthusiast from around the world during the festival’s Porch Plays event, hosted Oct. 1 in Clarksdale’s Historic District.

The students were: Danny Dykes; Sammittra Harrell; Tyierserica Henson; and Sheigra Davis.

In addition, under the director CCC English Chair Vera Griffin and Lee, four other Tigers enacted the scene “Poker Night” from the play.

Those students were: Trennall Brown; Jerry Carter; Aramis Robinson; and Dwan Brown.

“I think the students really learned to appreciate the fact that someone of international fame was a product of Clarksdale,” said Lee. “I believe they also now have a deeper appreciation for literature and drama.”

Sponsored by CCC, the annual festival is also supported by grants from the Mississippi Art Commission, the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Pulitzer Foundation, Visit Clarksdale—Coahoma County Tourism, the Chamber of Commerce, as well as individual patrons and businesses.

Partners of the festival included: the City of Clarksdale; Delta Blues Museum; Carnegie Public Library, the Coahoma County Higher Education Cener; St. George’s Episcopal Church; the Clarksdale Woman’s Club; Clarksdale Garden Club; and the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival.