Friday, July 7, 2017

“I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired” – Fannie Lou Takes the Stage

By Christine Mason

        You are (hopefully) familiar with The Help, a book and movie depicting the struggles of African-American people in Mississippi during the early 1960s. This masterpiece provides the perspectives of three women, two black and one white, as they challenge racist behavior and other societal norms at the time. The three women come together and secretly work to write a book, sharing the experiences of black women working in the homes of various white families. In a time of extreme oppression and segregation, these women stand against all dangers to put out their stories, giving themselves a voice as all human beings deserve to have 

      Just as The Help is an educational and inspiring piece, there are an abundance of other incredible stories, activists, and speakers who challenged the racial hierarchy that they were forced into. One such speaker is Fannie Lou Hamer, a black woman who worked to have the Voters Right Act passed. Though labeled as “uneducated,” this woman had the charisma and insight that so many lacked. Working alongside other renowned activists such as Martin Luther King Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer bravely shared her story to stand up for justice, herself, and the countless other people fighting the same battle.  

Come see Diane L. Parker’s interpretation of Fannie Lou Hamer’s story and speeches through her new play Sick and Tired. Her message of justice and freedom should not be overlooked, and are most certainly relevant to date. Ms. Hamer’s words should be heard by all, and as she stated, “There is one thing you have got to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people.”  

SICK AND TIRED By Diane L. Parker

Dramatic portrayal of Voting Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.

Saturday, July 15th at 5pm
Monday, July 17th at 7pm
Sunday, July 23rd at 5pm
Monday, July 24th at 7pm

Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats: $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office

At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
For tickets click here.

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