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On Stage in Ridgefield on Sunday: African-American Women Throughout History

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgefield will present “A JOURNEY”  a musical one-woman show  that brings to life historical African-American women, on Sunday, April 10, at 4.  Although there is no ticket charge, a freewill offering will benefit the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury.  The church is located at 351 Main St.

A JOURNEY” will be performed by its creator, Kimberly Wilson, a professional actress and singer, who is a resident of Westport.  Her play tells the story of the struggles and influence of African-American womanhood in lockstep with the history of the U.S. Through song, movement and character transformation, she will portray an African queen, a slave woman, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou and more.  As Ms. Wilson has said, her work “takes the audience to a place and time that our history books sometime forget.”

Ms. Wilson, who was crowned Miss Black Minnesota in 1984, has performed in many main stage and touring productions, notably: “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “For Colored Girls,” “The Sunshine Boys,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “A-My Name Is Alice,” and others.  In addition to “A JOURNEY” she has written “The Spirits of Black Womanhood,” also a musical one-woman show. In celebration of Black History 365 days a year, her current production “A JOURNEY” has been performed in and around Connecticut, New England, New York, Minnesota, and most recently in Washington, DC.

The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury is a non-profit organization that aims to end the violence against women, men and children and foster equality and empowerment for all. It serves the needs of individuals and families in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield communities.

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