Lynn recognizes Black History Month with free performance of Ain't I a Woman!

Multicultural and feminist show to feature the core ensemble and actress Taylore Mahogany Scott

Published Jan. 14, 2009

The Core Ensemble and actress Taylore Mahogany Scott, will perform the music theatre work Ain't I a Woman!, Thursday, Jan. 22, at 5 p.m. in the Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall on Lynn’s campus.

The work is the one of a series of multicultural and feminist performance pieces produced by the ensemble over the past ten years. The event is part of an American Masterpieces Project funded by a grant to Lynn University by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ain't I a Woman! celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter, and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African Americans. Ain't I a Woman! is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of four passionate and accomplished women.

A versatile performer, Taylore Mahogany Scott has performed in film, and television, including the nationally televised PBS show African American Lives with Oprah Winfrey. The Core Ensemble – Katie Schlaikjer, cello, Hugh Hinton, piano, and Michael Parola, percussion – has toured in Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, the Caribbean, and in every region of the U.S.

The show tours throughout the U.S. during Black History Month and Women's History Month. The show is free and open to the public. For information, call 561-237-9000.