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January 20, 2004 > Internationally Acclaimed Storyteller Awele Makeba at Union City Library

Internationally Acclaimed Storyteller Awele Makeba at Union City Library

Sunday, January 25

The public is invited to a very special free program; Rage is Not a 1-Day Thing! The Untaught History of the Montgomery Bus Boycott on Sunday, January 25, at 3:00 p.m. at the Union City Library.

This one-woman play is based on oral histories, interviews, court transcripts, memoirs and biographies. The story is told primarily through the voice of 15 year old, Claudette Colvin, who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus 9 months before Rosa Parks' arrest for the same act. Claudette shares the stage with 12 other characters, key figures in the struggle for civil rights.

Rage! Examines the impact of exclusion, hatred, and violence under segregation and helps audiences understand racism's legacy and continuing influence. It also celebrates the power of ordinary people in a watershed moment in American history. Rage is not a 1-Day Thing! is a PG-13 program, appropriate for individuals 8th grade or older.

Awele Makeba, award winning and internationally renowned actor/writer, storyteller, recording artist, and educator has mesmerized audiences from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. to Russia. Awele is a featured storyteller in Scare tactics, a national Public Service Announcement in the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign sponsored by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience live theatre and gain a greater understanding the struggle for Civil Rights in American history. This free program is generously funded by the Alameda County Library Foundation. The Union City Library, a Branch of the Alameda County Library System, is located at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City. The Library is wheelchair accessible and an ASL interpreter is available with 7 days notice. For more information call (510) 745-1464.

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