SCENES AND SONGS FROM FANNIE LOU
July 21, 2015 * 7 p.m. * Anacostia Arts Center * Washington, DC
Many thanks to those of you who joined us in our nation's capital during this, the 50th anniversary year of the Voting Rights Act,
for the dramatic telling of the story of
Fannie Lou Hamer and the struggle for voting rights through staged excerpts from the acclaimed musical Fannie Lou.
And, for a free download of an instrumental version of
"This Little Light of Mine," one of Fannie Lou Hamer's
favorite songs, please visit and scroll down
to the bottom of this page.
Marking the 50th Anniversary Year of the Voting Rights Act with the story of Fannie Lou Hamer
It was an occasion filled with all the display
and ceremony of a major historic event.
On Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson invited lawmakers, national leaders and other dignitaries to witness the signing of the Voting Rights Act. The legislation sought to permanently end discrimination at the polls,
allowing all Americans to be able to exercise their Constitutional right to vote. But 50 years later, voting rights still are not guaranteed for everyone. Efforts have been made to turn back the hands of time -- among those efforts, a Supreme Court decision to strike down key elements of the very Voting Rights Act that was celebrated with
such enthusiasm five decades ago. It is said that those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat its mistakes. On this, the 50th anniversary year of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, "Scenes and Songs from Fannie Lou" brings some of the history of the voting rights struggle to Washington DC, the nation's capital, in hopes of helping us remember. Because it is only by remembering that we can move forward, not backward. And when we move forward together, everybody benefits.
Thank you for joining us on July 21, 2015, in Washington, DC, as we told the story of Fannie Lou Hamer and the fight for the right to vote. To find out more about the DC cast, please go to this page. And for more information about Fannie Lou Hamer, please visit here.