Emancipation — Sunday, February 24


“Every bit as contentious as the 13th Amendment!”

This Sunday, February 24, 3:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Neighborhood People of Color Group

150 years ago, Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation. As a special event for Black History Month, Neighborhood Church will present the first public performance of Emancipation, written by Jonathan Estrin and directed by Alan Freeman, both members of the congregation. Sponsored by the NC People of Color Group, the professional cast includes Ashanti Brown, Drew Katzman, Alex Morris, Darryl Alan Reed, and members: John Short, with Phillip Baker Hall reading the words of Abraham Lincoln.

The play, a readers theater piece, was commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center where it will be performed in the spring in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Emancipation brings to life the years 1860-1863 during which President Lincoln wrestled with the issue of emancipation.  The play highlights the pressure  brought to bear on him by various groups and individuals and events of the civil war, that led to his eventual issuing of the  Emancipation Proclamation.

All are welcome. Free admission. Donation requested. Reception to follow. (And you will get home in time to watch the Oscars!)

Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
301 N. Orange Grove Boulevard
Pasadena, California

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