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Friday, February 10, 2012

Crossing a Barrier of Footlights

Crossing a Barrier of Footlights is a presentation you don’t want to miss!  It is sponsored by the District of Columbia Public Library and conducted by Tom Minter, Teaching Artist, Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center, and features archival materials from the Evans-Tibbs collection at the Anacostia Community Museum Archives.

The program will highlight the artistic contributions of the National Negro Opera Company and one of its first reigning divas: Madame Lillian Evanti, who was born and raised in DC, taught in the public school system, and enjoyed a pre-eminent international operatic career, establishing a national platform and prominence that predated Marian Anderson. The accomplishments of this leading African American woman are linked to DC community history; the program will also offer an opportunity to discover the other “hat” Madame wore, that of composer.   You can view a previous post about Mme. Evanti here.

Evans-Tibbs Collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Gift of the Estate of Thurlow E. Tibbs, Jr.

The hour–long program will first be held at the Dorothy Height/Benning Road library on Monday February, 13th, at 1p.m., and then repeated on Friday, February 17th, at 1 p.m., at the Georgetown Library. I will be onsite at both locations to answer any questions pertaining to the collection so look for me, Jennifer Morris!

Space is limited; please call to inquire about availability.

Benning Road Library: 202 -281 -2583
Georgetown Library: 202 -727 -0232

Jennifer Morris

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