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CityViews: Mothers Of The Movements

March 08, 2018 - 5:00 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Harlem Stage and the National Black Theatre in partnership with Carnegie Hall present a two-part series called "Mothers of the Movements," a celebration of the contribution of Black women pioneers from the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements.

In this episode of CityViews, Sharon-Barnes Waters speaks with Patricia Cruz, Executive Director of the Harlem Stage, and Chelsea Harrison the Community Relations Liaison at National Black Theatre about the series which begins tomorrow night.

In Part 1 of the 2 part series at Harlem Stage, Friday, March 9, they will pay tribute to Civil Rights Advocate, activist and jazz singer Abbey Lincoln through the music of her longtime collaborator Marc Carey. "The minute we talked about the 60s and actions for change we thought of Abbey because she was such vociferous spokesperson, spokeswoman, for the work, through the music and everything that she did," Cruz said.

Part 2 of the series will be held On Monday, March 12 at the National Black Theater. They will pay tribute to black women pioneers from the civil rights movement like Dr. Barbara Ann Teer,  Ella Baker, Shirley Chisholm and the women of "SNCC" -- Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. There will be readings of their written text and newly-commissioned work inspired by their life's work. These will be read by the next generation of young activists and artists.

"Ella Baker who paid such a huge roll in really pushing democratizing of these movements and really getting the youth voice, getting the community-based leaders and activists engaged and everyday people engaged in the process of decision that will affect their lives ultimately," said Chelsea D. Harrison, the Community Relations Liaison at NBT and an Associate Producer for the Mother's of the Movements series. "She was really the visionary of thinking that way."


March 9, 2018

7:30 PM


150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street)

Tickets: $20

March 12, 2018

7:30 PM

National Black Theatre

2031 Fifth Avenue (National Black Theatre Way)

Tickets: $15