Shinnerrie Jackson

Four African-American figures to be brought to life in “Ain’t I a Woman!”

The stories of four notable and historical African American women will be reenacted in the musical stage production “Ain’t I a Woman!” Coahoma invites the CCC campus and the Clarksdale community to see the play, sponsored by the Lyceum committee, at The Georgia Lewis Theater located on the CCC campus on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Four African-American figures to be brought to life in “Ain’t I a Woman!”

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Wed Mar 20, 2019

Ain't I A Woman

The stories of four notable and historical African American women will be reenacted in the musical stage production “Ain’t I a Woman!”

Coahoma invites the CCC campus and the Clarksdale community to see the play, which is sponsored by the Lyceum committee, at the Georgia Lewis Theater located on the CCC campus on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Through captivating monologues, the featured actress Shinnerrie Jackson will act as Zora Neale Hurston, who was an author popular for penning the novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and literary works; Fannie Lou Hamer, who was a civil and women’s rights activist; Clementine Hunter, who was a folk artist known for creating paintings reflective of Louisiana where she resided; and Sojourner Truth, an abolitionist who also fought for fair treatment of women.

The Core Ensemble consisting of cellist Julia Henderson, pianist Yoon Lee and percussionist Michael Parola will accompany Jackson with moving selections from a range of genres including jazz and concert pieces by black composers like Thelonius Monk and Diane Monroe, along with blues and spirituals that originated in the South.

Lyceum Chair Yvonne Stanford said the three-part play ends with an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

“The audience can expect to be amused, enlightened, and experience a range of emotions,” said Stanford, adding that the performance is approximately one hour and twenty minutes and without intermissions.

Jackson is on her seventh tour of the play, amazingly portraying the different characters. She earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Oberlin Conservatory as well as a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Tennessee. Jackson has appeared on the NBC comedy “30 Rock” and “Damsels in Distress,” a 2011 movie directed by Whit Stillman. She gathered experience in collegiate and regional theatre with roles in productions including “A Christmas Carol,” “The Glass Menagerie,” “Raisin in the Sun,” “King Lear,” “All My Sons,” “The Tempest” and “Guys and Dolls.”

For more information, contact Rita Hanfor at (662)621-4144 or Yvonne Stanford at (662)645-4740.