“Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light”
Mon Feb 22, we have a ‘Pre-Spring 2016 Season Special Event
Tickets online ticket sales. Tickets at box office only plus charges/cash/checks at office.
Talladega’s Historic Ritz Theatre is proud to announce a public presentation of FANNIE LOU HAMER: THIS LITTLE LIGHT on Monday, February 22 at 7:00 pm. This intimate portrayal of an often overlooked yet transformative Civil Right icon is a special Pre-Spring 2016 Season event and Black History Month tribute.
This powerful, award winning one-hour play was written by Alabama native and MacArthur Fellow Billie Jean Young, who stars in this stunning and emotionally riveting story. The production is from Birmingham’s acclaimed Red Mountain Theatre Company.
Fannie Lou Hamer’s story is a powerful one about personal achievement through dogged determination. Hamer was born in 1917 into a sharecropper family in Montgomery County, Mississippi when life was difficult for African Americans in the Jim Crow South.
In the summer of 1962, Hamer made a life-changing decision to attend a protest meeting with civil rights activists encouraging African Americans to register to vote. She registered, was fired from her job and driven from the plantation she had called home for decades – just for registering. Yet this only solidified Hamer’s resolve to help other African Americans get the right to vote. According to The New York Times, she said “They set me free. It’s the best thing that could happen. Now I work for people.”
Hamer dedicated her life to the fight for civil rights, first through the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to fight injustice across the South when she was often threatened, arrested, beaten, and shot at. In 1964, she helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, established in opposition to Mississippi’s all-white delegation to that year’s Democratic convention. She brought the civil rights struggle in Mississippi to the attention of the entire nation during televised proceeding at the Atlantic City convention. Hamer also famously appeared before Congress that year when, upon fearing push back to his legislative initiatives, President Johnson called an impromptu press conference at the White House simultaneously to preempt national media coverage of her moving testimony. The incident made national headlines and Hamer became a household name and visible national figure.
Throughout her long and determined political activist career, Mrs. Hamer worked as a philanthropist to help the poor and families in need. She set up organizations to increase business opportunities for minorities and to provide childcare and other family services. She helped establish the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1971.
Mrs. Hamer died of breast cancer in 1977, and U.S. Delegate to the United Nations Andrew Young gave the eulogy at her funeral. “None of us would be where we are today had she not been here then,” Young said according to The New York Times. He went on to opine “Progress in the Civil Rights Movement has been made through the sweat and blood of activist like Fannie Loui Hamer.”
On her tombstone is the famous quote “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
Billie Jean Young who portrays Hamer on stage serves as professor and artist-in-residence at Judson College in Marion, AL and is a lifelong human rights activist herself. Young was awarded the MacArthur Genius Grant for her longtime efforts to keep the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer alive.
Due to a special grant from Renasant Bank, all general admission tickets to Monday evening’s performance are affordably priced at $5 for adults and $3 for students, and will be available at The Ritz box office prior to the 7:00 pm curtain.
SAVE THE DATE for the Biggest End-of-Summer Party in East Alabama…
plus a chance to Win $10,000 !
Low Country Shrimp Boil
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Sprint Cup Garages at Talladega Superspeedway
$110 TICKET Donation Admits Two (2)
All you can eat Low Country Shrimp Boil
Two Complimentary Drink Tickets
Fun starts at 6:00 pm
Non-alcoholic beverages and non-seafood options available.
Very summer casual. Only 300 tickets available!
Charity event benefitting programs of the Historic Ritz Theatre,
a nonprofit organization: EIN: 63-091887
DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
See any Ritz Board Member or DrawDown Committee Member
Cash or Checks (to “Ritz Theatre”) preferred
VISA or MasterCard accepted at Ritz office ($3 Process Fee)
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 256-315-0000
AFTERNOON OF PRAISE SUPPORTS LOCAL CHARITIES FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
August 11, 2015 Both contemporary and traditional Christian music sounds will be featured in An Afternoon of Praise 2015, slated for Sunday, August 23rd at Talladega’s Historic Ritz Theatre. This third annual benefit concert, which supports important local charities, will feature more than 100 singers and musicians from throughout North Central Alabama. Performances will begin at both 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Ticket cost is a tax deductible $15 donation and at least one bag of non-perishable food. Tickets may be purchased from vocalists and musicians, at The Ritz Theatre, First Bank of Alabama, and First United Methodist Church of Talladega.
These popular family concerts will feature songs written by Christian artists Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Stephan Sharp, Michael W. Smith, Jesse Reeves, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Rita Baloche, Tommy Walker, Tim Hughes, Matthew Hooper, Richie Fike, Travis Ryan, Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore, and Cary Barlowe.
With the exception of two songs, all music was arranged and orchestrated by Dove Award-nominated Christian music composer Richard Kingsmore www.richardkingsmore.com who will also conduct the choir and orchestra.
Admission is a tax deductible $15 ticket donation and a bag of non-perishable food items. All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to The Red Door Kitchen and all non-perishable food items collected go directly to The Samaritan House – Talladega, Alabama. If you pay by check, just make it out to First United Methodist Church of Talladega and put Afternoon of Praise on the “for” line. Your cancelled check is your tax deductible receipt.
“The Red Door Kitchen provides over 36,000 meals per year to individuals who for whatever reason are unable to prepare a noon meal,” said board chairman Billy Sparkman. “This is a tremendous blessing to our board members, our staff, and our volunteers who deliver the meals each day and we are tremendously thankful to our community for supporting this ministry. As the largest single donor to Red Door Kitchen last year, the Afternoon of Praise made possible the continuation of our service to the Talladega community and we cannot say THANK YOU enough for all the love and support this program provides.”
Charles Montgomery, president of The Samaritan House – Talladega, Alabama, said “The food collected at the Afternoon of Praise is the second largest food collection we have each year. Because of the influx of canned and dry goods, we do not purchase any food from the Community Food Bank for a couple of months and we can use those savings to help more clients with delinquent utility bills.”
Listen for our information on your favorite praise or country station, and please join us on August 23rd for a glorious Afternoon of Praise. Together, we can continue to make a real and positive difference!
For more information, like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/afternoonofpraise
A LIFE CELEBRATION
PLEASE JOIN A PUBLIC GATHERING TO CELEBRATE THE EXTRAORDINARY CREATIVE SPIRIT OF
WITH LIVE MUSIC, VIDEO TRIBUTE, OPEN-MIC, WINE AND HORS D’OEUVRES
HISTORIC TALLADEGA RITZ THEATRE
FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015
5:30 – 7:00 PM