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Library kicks off Black History Month with play

Black History
Jan. 31, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Cabell County Public Library got an early start recognizing Black History Month with a performance of "Frederick Douglass" Monday evening.

The presentation was put on by the Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring company based in Asheville, N.C. The group is scheduled to present the same show at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland.

"They're portraying not only a great leader of the American abolition movement as well as an author and statesman, but what's so important about Frederick Douglass was that he believed education was a powerful tool to help people change their lives," said Niza Uslan, the library's youth services coordinator. "He was such a great man and the way this theater company portrays him and the other characters gives kids a feeling for that period and really brings him to life."

"Frederick Douglass" is a 45-minute production that celebrates the life and work of America's most famous abolitionist. From his daring escape from slavery and work on the abolition movement to his time as a newspaper publisher and presidential adviser, Douglass promoted education as the key to success.

Audience members were introduced to a variety of characters and figures from the time period and had the opportunity to pose questions about the show and Douglass to the actors.

Monday night's performance was free. Admission to the Paramount performance Tuesday evening is $12. For tickets to that show, call 606-324-3175.

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