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Stirring The Waters Across America

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Langford Auditorium at Vanderbilt University

2209 Garland Ave

Nashville, TN 37232

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"Electrifying. Awakening. ...Exquisitely bold and utterly holy" -D.C. Metro Theatre Arts

You are invited to join Vanderbilt Divinity School, Vanderbilt African American and Diaspora Studies, and the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy for an evening of unprecedented fervor in the production of Stirring the Waters Across America. This event is free and open to the public.

The dawn of a new decade brings with it the paramount duty of progressive minds to engage a Sankofa moment. Sankofa, from the Twi language of Ghana, is represented by an Asante Adinkra symbol generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. Its metaphorical importance is drawn from the Akan people who stress the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress. We are in that moment.

Stirring the Waters Across America is a multimedia touring production illuminating the Civil Rights Movement. Conceived by American composer Nolan Williams, Jr., the production combines captivating music, spoken word, and dance with stunning visuals to highlight seminal moments from the Movement (1954-1968), connecting the past with the present.

Stirring the Waters Across America is one of the first works to be developed through The Kennedy Center’s newly-inaugurated Social Impact Arts Residency. The touring production is produced by NEWorks Productions and Edgewood Ventures.

"Through its images, music, dance, and overall narrative, STIRRING THE WATERS... offers a multi-sensory, inspiring experience that... is brilliant, stunning, and stirring... [It] links the past to the present, while offering a solution-oriented blueprint for an improved future. Williams and his team have set the mark high and America is better off for it!"

~ROBERT J. PATTERSON, Professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University and author of Destructive Desires: Rhythm and Blues Culture and the Politics of Racial Equality

Following the performance Nolan Williams, Jr. and Ethnomusicologist, Dr. Alisha Lola Jones will engage the audience in a talk-back about the production. Clergy, Musicians, Youth groups, Community groups, Activists, Organizers and all concerned citizens will find this event inspiring.


Join Vanderbilt Divinity School, Vanderbilt Department of African American and Diaspora Studies/Callie House Research Center for the Study of Global Black Cultures and Politics, and the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy for an evening of unprecedented fervor in the production of Stirring the Waters Across America.

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