Drama Professor is Associate Producer, Designer of the Staged Reading of 'Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963'
Blythe Winger, assistant professor of drama and dance at Spelman, will serve as associate producer and costume and lighting designer of the free, staged reading of the play "Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963," on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. The Spelman College Glee Club and the MLK Chapel Choir will perform during the reading.
Written by playwright Christina Ham and directed by acclaimed actors Afemo and Elisabeth Omilami, the reading commemorates the 50th anniversary of the bombing that took the lives of four young girls – Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley – at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. The reading is part of Project1Voice's nationwide, simultaneous performance of staged readings which remember how this event helped to galvanize the Civil Rights Movement.
Project1Voice-Atlanta underscores that the bombing was a heinous, racial hate crime that fueled the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement because it occurred 18 days after the historic March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech.” The reading will serve as a catalyst to help the world remember the names of the FOUR LITTLE GIRLS, and will feature multi–generational casts of national and local theater, television, and film actors. For a full list of locations across the country, please visit www.project1voice.org.
A conversation with activists and scholars discussing how this pivotal event still affects us today will follow the reading. In addition, as part of the commemoration, a Medal of Honor Red Carpet Ceremony will also be held to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. Medal of Honor recipients include the Rev. C.T. Vivian, Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Congressman John Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young and the FOUR LITTLE GIRLS, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. Members of their families and personal friends will be in attendance. To RSVP to attend the free reading, visit www.leadersandlegends.org. Seating is limited.
The reading is being held in collaboration with Project1Voice-Atlanta, Afemo and Elisabeth Omilami of Hosea Feed the Hungry, Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, the Just Ten Consortium, The Rosa Parks 100th Birthday Celebration Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), LeadersandLegends.org and the A.D. King Foundation.
Title: Assistant Professor of Drama
Office: 404-270-6616 (email is preferred)
Background: Professor Winger is a designer of theatrical costume and lighting. She earned her MFA from The Yale School of Drama.
Courses taught: Costume Design, Lighting Design, Survey of World Drama, Contemporary Drama, Theater Insight, and First Year Experience.
Current Research Focus: “The Costume of Celebration” and women of the African Diaspora.
Recent Grants and Awards:
UNCF Mellon Fellowship: “Aesthetics in Brazil and Beyond: Exploring Transnational Blackness and Beauty”, Bahia, Brazil
- Spelman College Faculty Small Grant: “Francophone Literature and the Arts” Dakar, Senegal.