Fri, May 21  |  6:00 p.m. (PST)

From Tragedy to Triumph Part VII:

"Call me Triumphant! Call me Black."

About the Event

In the finale of this seven-part series, From Tragedy to Triumph presents an evening of art and performance that will amplify the embodied histories of Black women across different eras of U.S. history. Spanning centuries of the Black experience in America, the event will feature spoken word, dramatizations, choreography and music about the struggle for equality and justice. The event will close with a Q&A session with the artists and performers led by USC Thornton professor Ron McCurdy.

 

RSVP to attend the event on Zoom and participate in the discussion and live Q&A. Viewers can watch the livestream of the event at thorntonlive.usc.edu without RSVP.

Closed captioning will be available in the webinar.

Reading List

Curated by the creative team, the following books, articles, film and television resources offer a starting point to learn more about the history and key themes featured in this event.

"The 1619 Project"

By Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times

Learn more >

"Who We Are: A Chronicle Of Racism in America"

Podcast with Jeffrey Robinson

Listen >

David Brown & Clive Webb. (2007). The Paradoxical Institution - Antebellum Slavery. Race in the American South: From Slavery to Civil Rights. (pp. 119-147). Edinburgh University Press. 

Read more >

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

Dir. Ed Bell and Thomas Lennon. HBO, 2003.

Watch >

CREATIVE TEAM

Writers

Ceaira Thomas

Vanessa Herron

Dawana Speights

 

Composers

Ceaira Thomas

Ashley Fulton

Ayoni Thompson

 

Musicians

Ceaira Thomas

Ashley Fulton

Ayoni Thompson

Rick Herron

Choreographer

Nina Gumbs

Filmmakers

Vanessa Herron

Dawana Speights

Rick Herron

Music Production

Ashley Fulton

Ayoni Thompson

 

Faculty Mentors

Allissa Richardson

Patrice Rushen

From Tragedy to Triumph is an interactive student-led series about the African diaspora told through discussion with film, dance and music. Organized by USC Thornton professor Ron McCurdy, each event is produced in creative collaboration between student and faculty composers, dancers, filmmakers, musicians and writers from across the university. Learn more >

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