Local residents recently assembled at the Booker T. Theater to watch their heritage come to life thanks to The Peoples Drama Ministry of Upper Marlboro, Md. They presented a play entitled “The Excerpts of the Life of Sojourner Truth.”
Truth was born into slavery and fought for many to be free, especially women. The theater was packed with the old, the young and the in-between. Some cried because they remembered what their parents told them about their grandparents who were brought up as slaves. Then there were others who had no idea who she was or what she had done. The education was rich and notable.
During the Peoples Drama Ministry’s travels, they solicit extras to act in their drama plays. These actors were handpicked by Evangelist Linda Coley Murphy, executive producer of Lynpams Productions at the Spiritual Connections Community Center for Outreach.
They were a very enthusiastic group of people from the Battleboro community in Nashville, Whitakers and Rocky Mount. They are committed to educating the community through drama about our history and other social issues attribution. The director of The Peoples Drama Ministry, the Rev. Alice Faye Warren, said she was impressed by their attitude and professionalism. After the play, the night was highlighted with the recognition of seven local women, who received “The Sojourner Truth Pioneer Award of Excellence.”
They were N.C. Sen. Angela Bryant, Edgecombe County Clerk of Court Carol Allen-White, former Rocky Mount Councilwoman Helen Gay, Mary Shell, Dr. Lisa Nelson Robinson, Alice McKnight Dickens and Anne Edge. Other notable women honored were Dr. Michelle Craig, Pamela Murphy Lewis and the late Pauline Evans Lewis.