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Friday Webinars at Wharton Arts – This Little Light of Mine: Story of Fannie Lou Hamer
October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Friday Webinars at Wharton Arts is an hour-long weekly program where artists of different disciplines make authentic connections between art and life through sharing their stories, expertise, and creations. These webinars are curated and hosted by Artistic Director Helen H. Cha-Pyo.
This week’s webinar is This Little Light of Mine: Story of Fannie Lou Hamer.
Santa Fe Opera Project: Learn about Fannie Lou Hamer, an American voting rights activist, through an original opera.
Diana Solomon-Glover, librettist
Chandler Carter, composer
Beth Greenberg, Director
Jeri Lynne Johnson, Conductor
Andrea Fineberg, Director of Community Engagement, Santa Fe Opera
Helen Cha-Pyo, moderator
This Little Light of Mine, a one-act opera, dramatizes the story of Fannie Lou Hamer, a former sharecropper who rose to national prominence at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. In the opera, adopted daughter Dorothy Jean Hamer tells how Fannie Lou and her husband ‘Pap’ took in foster children as their own; how the injustices of the Jim Crow laws emboldened her to demand the right to vote for African-Americans; and how she shook the political world during “Freedom Summer” by helping to found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Describing to the Convention Credentials Committee her harrowing story of harassment, arrest and beating by the police, Fannie Lou Hamer pointedly asked: “Is this America?” This Little Light of Mine is in development as part of the Opera for All Voices program, fostered by the Santa Fe Opera and its consortium partners. The commission and production of This Little Light of Mine is made possible by a deeply appreciated grant from Principal Community Engagement sponsor the Melville Hankins Family Foundation.