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UTSA and Gemini Ink present slave narrative reading
By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist
(April 27, 2007)--The UTSA Department of Political Science and Geography will partner with the Dramatic Readers Theater of Gemini Ink for the narrative reading, "Black and Blue: Four Hundred Years of Struggle and Transcendence," at 7 p.m., Monday, April 30 in the Buena Vista Theatre (1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
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"Black and Blue" pairs traditional jazz and blues with readings from actual historic documents of the American slavery and Civil Rights eras, including postings offering rewards for runaway slaves and excerpts from letters and journals by slaves and slave owners. The readings also will include a San Antonio ordinance defining the punishment for slaves caught out after curfew.
Compiled and written by Sterling Houston, "Black and Blue" brings history to life through the performances of professional actors and jazz musicians.
For more information, call (210) 734-9673. An online study guide is available at the Gemini Ink Web site.
As San Antonio's only independent literary center, Gemini Ink celebrates art in literature by offering university-level and master-level classes, reader's theater and Writers in Communities presentations that bring literature and literacy to disadvantaged groups.