Is This America? |

Is This America?

CCA Santa Fe New Mexico

October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (CCA)

1050 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87505
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Phone: (505)982-1338

CCA and The Santa Fe Opera presents Is This America?


Is this America?, based on the new, one-act opera This Little Light of Mine, portrays key events in the life of voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, a former sharecropper who rose to national prominence at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

As a Black woman of humble origins, she spoke truth to power as perhaps no other civil rights leader. We’ll share three scenes from this opera, to be filmed in October 2020 aboard the Mary A. Whalen, a historic oil tanker located in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The opera follows adopted daughter Dorothy Jean Hamer, who remembers how Fannie Lou and her husband ‘Pap’ took in foster children as their own; how the injustices of the Jim Crow South emboldened her to demand the right to vote for African-Americans; and how she shook the political world during “Freedom Summer” by helping found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which lento the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

October 23, 6pm MDT | Webinar, Free