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Contested Congressional Election of Annie Devine, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Victoria Gray

  • Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University 805 21st Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20052 United States (map)
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Venue:  Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21 St. NW 

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Reception: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

In 1964, three Civil Rights activists – Annie Devine, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Victoria Jackson Gray – were among the founders of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, organized to challenge the established power of the state’s Democratic Party. Participation was only allowed for whites, when African-Americans made up 40% of the state population.   

In the face of unrelenting violence and economic oppression, the three women ran on the primary ballot as congressional candidates on the MFDM ticket against the main Democratic Party candidates. They later contested the election of the Democratic Party candidates and in 1965 were called to Congress to give depositions which were transcribed for the Congressional Record.

To illuminate this untold story, MOWFF and NEWorks Productions proudly present a workshop of this new American musical (in development).

Devine, Hamer, Gray

Composed and directed by Nolan Williams, Jr. as creator of The Work and “NEWorks Productions” as co-presenter.

Cast

FANNIE LOU HAMER Anitra McKinney 

ANNIE DEVINE Nova Payton 

VICTORIA JACKSON GRAY Monique Steele Griffiths 

WILLIAM FITTS RYAN / MR. CLERK Mark Sullivan

NARRATOR 1 Dawn Johnson 

NARRATOR 2  Ebony Jo-Ann 

NARRATOR 3  Wyn Delano 

ENSEMBLE JeVonni King, Patrick McLaughlin, Charles Miller,  Kaeli Patchen, Daniel Smith, and Kimberly Thevenin