Steward Speakers will launch the 2022-23 speaker season by hosting for the first time a stage production - "The Fannie Lou Hamer Story", featuring actress Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye.
Aimbaye is an internationally acclaimed singer actress, and playwright of the multi-award-winning one-woman play, "The Fannie Lou Hamer Story." Her Swahili name means Mzuri (beautiful) Moyo (heart) Aimbaye (who sings). Her talents combine the presence of a movie star with a booming vocal range and versatility of an opera singer.
In 1998, she happened upon a television interview of Fannie Lou Hamer, the mother of voting rights for African Americans, which aired on the program "Like It Is." Ms. Aimbaye was struck by the realization she had never heard of Mrs. Hamer. Her incredible story was mesmerizing as well as the display of her kindness and forgiveness. Mrs. Hamer described voter registration inequities and brutal jailhouse beatings without showing any signs of anger or bitterness. Mrs. Hamer’s uncanny display of courage and compassion inspired Ms. Aimbaye to conceive the powerful one-woman play, "The Fannie Lou Hamer Story.“ When she dons her wig and ankle-length dress…Ms. Aimbaye channels Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer and takes the audience on a riveting 90-minute journey. The storytelling is integrated with twelve power songs coupled with a video montage. The play is an attempt to raise awareness about Mrs. Hamer’s activism whose efforts led to the passage of the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965.
We invite the Indianapolis community to join us at the Pike Performing Arts Center, 6701 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis. VIP, General admission and student tickets are available. Showtime is 7pm.
Purchase your tickets: www.stewardspeakers.org/tickets