Part of the Sharing Hoosier History Through Stories Series
A rags to riches saga like no other, full of challenges and triumphs, the Madame CJ Walker’s story is an inspiration. Facing poverty and tragedy from a very young age Sarah Breedlove beats the odds and becomes the first woman in America to be a self-made millionaire. Storyteller, Deborah Asante guides our exploration of the girl, the wife, the mother, the mogul, all parts of the woman know as Madam Walker.
$20| $15 if purchased in advance. IHS members can receive the advance price at the door. Come early to see our exhibit You Are There 1915: Madame C.J. Walker, Empowering Women open from 2:30pm to 4:00pm before the program begins.
Deborah Asante is an actress, writer, director and storyteller. She has worked for Arts for Learning for over a decade and been an accomplished performer for even more. She has received numerous awards, including the Aesop Cup for Tall Tales and the Zora Neale Hurston Award from the National Association of Black Storytellers. The Arts Council of Indianapolis has honored her twice as a Creative Renewal Arts Fellow. Asante is also the founder and artistic director of Asante Children’s Theatre. She has dedicated her life to teaching and sharing the value of culture and heritage through the performing arts.
A collaboration with Storytelling Arts of Indiana in partnership with the Madam Walker Legacy Center. Yearly, Telling Hoosier History Through Stories bring to life one aspect of Indiana’s history in an engaging hour-long presentation. The presentation will premier at the Indiana History Center and then perform four times around Indiana.