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Sojourner Truth comes to life with the show, "SOJOURNER TRUTH: AIN'T I A WOMAN?” at the Windmill Library Auditorium on March 15, at 3 pm, through the immense talent of Carmen Artis and a talented cast in honor of Women’s History Month. This is powerful theatre. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada ND co-sponsored by Vegas City Opera.

Sojourner Truth, an African American abolitionist and women’s rights activist during the American Civil War, will be reimagined by actress and opera singer, Carmen Artis, along with vocalists Courtney Ankerfelt and Sheronda McKee, under the direction of Dr. Richard L. Hodges.

This concert will present her life in the racially segregated world and her early women rights advocacy through songs, anthems and spirituals and includes her famous speech, "Ain’t I a Woman?"

Sojourner's legacy still leaves a powerful reflection for others to fight for their own freedom.

Against all odds, this stalwart 19th Century slave from upstate New York withstood years of oppression to become a speaker for human rights.

Carmen Artis as Sojourner Truth, relates Truth's journey from the plantations, where she withstood cruel and unjust treatment, to her freedom-walks across our nation, to her eventual meeting with President Abraham Lincoln. To this day her strong faith, unflappable idealism and endearing manners have inspired generations.

Ms. Artis studied formally at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, and continued private studies with internationally renowned mezzo-soprano, Antonia Kitsopolous. Her extensive credits in opera, oratorio and musical theatre include the New Jersey State Opera, Northwest Lyric, and Scranton IV Opera, as well as with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Andre Previn and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Carmen has been a repeat guest soloist with the NJ Pops and has performed Off-Broadway both at Saint Peter’s Theatre and the Westbeth Theatre Complex.

Among her musical theatre performances, she has especially enjoyed playing Aldonza in, "Man of La Mancha." Her specialty program, "Spirituals to Ragtime to Jazz," was recorded live in early May of 1997, in a tour that included the Watchung Arts Center and Morristown’s Bickford Theatre.

She and her husband, John Hammel, have performed their program, “Great American Songbook” with such jazz notables as Regan Ryzuk and Rio Clemente in their tireless efforts to promote great American composers of popular song.

This event is free and open to the public and seating is, "first come, first served." Support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Nevada Humanities makes this powerful performance possible.

Further info: lvccld.org 702-507-6068.
Windmill Library is at 7060 W. Windmill Lane, Las Vegas, Nevada.


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