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‘Meet Mary Pleasant’

Susheel Bibbs reveals civil rights leader in a one-woman enactment.

February 6, 2014
Maui Weekly

The African American Heritage Foundation of Maui will present singer, award-winning filmmaker and actress Susheel Bibbs for one show only at the Hale Mahaolu Akahi Community Center in Kahului on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m.

In her acclaimed one-woman enactment (Chautauqua) about Mary Ellen Pleasant, who is known as "The Mother of Civil Rights" in California.

"Meet Mary Pleasant" will feature her remarkable saga--a rise from slave to underground railroad operative to millionaire, entrepreneur and civil rights leader.

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Susheel Bibbs will perform “Meet Mary Pleasant” at the Hale Mahaolu Akahi Community Center in Kahului on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m.

"It is participatory history in the old-fashioned Chautauqua style, in which I do a monologue and answer questions as the character and as myself--fun for the whole family!" said Bibbs.

A Chautauqua is any of various traveling shows and local assemblies that flourished in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that provided popular education combined with entertainment in the form of lectures, concerts and plays, and were modeled after activities at the Chautauqua Institution of Western New York.

Dr. Susheel Bibbs, a long-term lecturer at U.C. Berkley and an internationally acclaimed classical singer and filmmaker, was named the leading authority on Pleasant by San Francisco Supervisors in 1999. She has created award-winning books and films for PBS on Pleasant and will sign some of her works after the program.

This program will be presented free to the public.

Arrive by 12:45; the program will start promptly at 1 p.m. Park on Hina Street, not in the driveway leading down to the community center, as all those parking stalls belong to residents.

Light refreshments will be served.

Call 214-8572 for more information.



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