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The Celebration of Lorraine Hansberry: Her Life and Work

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VOCA hosts The Celebration of Lorraine Hansberry: Her Life and Work on Friday, February 26th, 2021 via our Zoom Webinar.

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VOCA is excited to present a special event correlating with Black History Month to recognize Lorraine Hansberry's influential work. Claudia Gordon, our prominent trailblazer in the African-American Deaf community, will lead the program as a host and a moderator for the panel.

The program will commence first with a narrative introduction of Lorraine Hansberry and a brief video clip of her life and work, then proceed with the welcoming remarks from VOCA's visionary leaders, Michelle Banks and Nayte Paxton. Michelle and Nayte will speak about the vision of VOCA and the production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN. VOCA will broadcast its short film, A Sneak Peek of A RAISIN IN THE SUN, directed by Michelle Banks and Nayte Paxton. The film is about 22 minutes long. After the film showing, Claudia will moderate the panel. The panelists are Michelle Banks (Artistic Director/Director), Nayte Paxton (Associate Artistic Director/Director), Justin Schmitz (Sound Designer), Evon Black (Actor, Lena Younger), and Kojo Amissah (Actor, Walter Lee Younger). The program will conclude with our talented BIPOC Deaf poet, Teraca Florence known as Tee Flo reciting Langston Hughes' poem, HARLEM: DREAM DEFERRED in ASL.

Please join us in celebrating Lorraine Hansberry's life and work for over 60 years, which have significantly impacted American theaters nationwide and worldwide!

This event will be in American Sign Language (ASL). VOCA will provide ASL/voice interpreting and closed captioning.


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