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A Opening Night: A Tribute to Sonia Sanchez

  • Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)
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Join us on opening night for a screening of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, an Attie & Goldwater Productions film, and a special performance by Sweet Honey in the Rock. 

For 81-year-old Sonia Sanchez, writing is both a personal and political act. She emerged as a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts Movement, raising her voice in the name of black culture, civil rights, women's liberation, and peace as a poet, playwright, teacher, activist, and early champion of the spoken word. We will celebrate her pivotal role as a poet, playwright, teacher, activist, early Spoken Word artist, and a thought leader in African-American culture for over a half century.

Performances: Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate; Musical performance by NEWorks Productions

Reception to follow with DJ Saint Deporres

Participants: Sonia Sanchez, author and activist; Elizabeth Alexander, poet, author, and President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Dr. Yaba Blay, Dan Blue Endowed Chair, Political Science, North Carolina Central University and author, (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race; Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, Director and Producer, BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez

Directors: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, Barbara Attie & Janet Goldwater