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Collin College Celebrates African American History Month With "Ain't I A Woman?" Performance

Feb. 9, 2017- In celebration of African American History Month, Collin College will host the live theatrical and musical performance, “Ain’t I a Woman?,” from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the college’s Central Park Campus Conference Center, 2400 Community Avenue in McKinney.

Free and open to the public, the performance is named in honor of abolitionist Soujourner Truth and will be brought to life by actress Shayla Simmons and pianist David Berry. The show is intended to transport audience members into the historical context of the times in which four extraordinary African American women lived. In addition to Soujourner Truth, novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer will be featured.

“Ain’t I a Woman” is produced by The Core Ensemble with text by Kim Hines and musical score drawn from the heartfelt spirituals of the Deep South, the urban exuberance of the Jazz Age and concert music by African-American composers, including Diane Monroe. Original stage adaptation by Akin Babatunde with Hugh Hinton, script editor and musical advisor, Rosa Rodriguez, stage director, Michael Parola, producer and Margot Emery, managing director.

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Collin College serves more than 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,100 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.