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The Power of 1ne: The Courage and Contributions of Civil Rights Champion Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer 

When: Thu., May 31, 8 p.m., Fri., June 1, 3 p.m., Sat., June 2, 12 p.m., Sun., June 3, 4 p.m. and Wed., June 6, 6 p.m. 2012
Phone: (866) 811-4111
Price: $19/adults, $16/students and seniors
www.piccolospoleto.com

Remembering Mrs. Hamer. Actress Donna Lee Williams presents a monodrama about 12 people who influenced the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a heroine of the American voting rights and civil rights movements. Hamer, an African-American woman born in Mississippi in 1917, is remembered as a confident and plainspoken voice for equality who sang Christian hymns to encourage her fellow activists.

Telling the tale. Presented by Remnant Productions, The Power of 1ne is billed as a show that will make you laugh and cry. Watch as Williams transforms into carefully researched historical characters.

Championing a champion. The poet and jazz musician Gil Scott-Heron memorialized Hamer in his 1977 song "95 South (All of the Places We've Been)." "I was raised up in a small town in the country down South/So I've been close enough to know what oppression's about," he sang. Now hear a dozen voices tell the story of a great American.

— Paul Bowers

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