Black History Month whizzes by like a full bus every February, and it invariably entails the same tributes to the same well-known African-American historical figures King, X., Parks, Tubman, etc. There are so many other unsung ancestors who made their mark, and so little time. Thats why were eternally appreciative of the folks at The M Ensemble, Floridas oldest established African-American theater company. Thanks to them, the forgotten heroes of black history are celebrated year-round. Case in point: their latest production, The Fannie Lou Hamer Story. If youve never heard of her, buy yourself a ticket and get ready to be amazed.
Her parents were sharecroppers, and her grandparents were slaves. Inspired by her familys struggles, Hamer became a renowned civil and voting rights activist. She was a freedom fighter who kept to the grassroots but became a force to be reckoned with. Her story will be illustrated with song and celebration when the play opens at 8 p.m. at The M Ensemble Theater. Tickets cost $30 for opening night and $25 until the play closes July 13.
June 19-July 13, 2008