Vinie Burrows in Maine

From Maine Peace Council and LET CUBA LIVE

Maine People: Save these dates!

Vinie Burrows comes to Maine January 17 – 20. The renowned actress and political activist honors Martin Luther King and those resisting racial oppression. She brings a message of support for the Cuban five political prisoners.

 Monday, January 17, 2010

Lewiston, Bates College:  afternoon workshops as part of Martin Luther King Day events.

Brunswick, Frontier Café, 14 Maine St., 7 PM:   A program of poetry, prose, and song recalling the Black experience- discussion follows. Ms. Burrows will reflect on current peace and human rights work.

Tuesday, January 18, 2010.

Lewiston, Bates College, Olin Arts Center: 12:30 PM, short program. 

Farmington, Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Hall, University of Maine, 7 PM: Presentation of  “Walk Together Children,” a program drawing upon slave narratives and the works of Langton Hughes, Richard Wright, and Ishmael Reed, and others.

Wednesday, January 19, 2010.

Portland, Glickman Library (seventh floor), University of Southern Maine, 314 Forest Ave, Portland, 7 PM: Reception marking the exhibition (on fifth floor) of prison paintings by Antonio Guerrero. Vinie Burrows will speak, dedicating the evening to the late Rev. Lucius Walker.  She calls for Antonio’s freedom and that of four other Cuban men serving unjust sentences in U.S. prisons. They defended their homeland against terrorism from the United States.

Thursday, January 20, 2010.

Lewiston, Bates College, Schaeffer Theater, 7 PM:  Program of performance, recitations, and song recalling lives of oppressed Africans and African Americans, especially women, fighting for dignity and rights.

Vinie Burrows has performed on and off Broadway, on radio and television.  She appeared with Helen Hayes, Ossie Davis, Claude Rains, Cicely Tyson, and Will Geer. For the New York Times, she’s “a magnificent performer; for reviewer Clive Barnes, “one of the reigning divas of the Black theater.” At the United Nations, Vinie Burrows serves as Permanent Representative for the Women’s International Democratic Federation. She works for labor and women’s rights, racial justice, and universal health care. “The future of the planet rests on people coming together to save the earth and all living things,” she wrote recently; “It is 5 minutes to midnight. Come together, brothers and sisters”.

Ms. Burrows’ appearances in Maine are arranged by the Maine Peace Council and Let Cuba Live. For more information, call (207) 743-2183.


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