Dark River: An Opera By Mary D. Watkins

Skyeview: Mary D. Watkins is my s-hero–important work!

November 12-24, 2009

Oakland Metro Operahouse – 630 3rd Street Oakland, 510.763.1146

CONDUCTED BY DEIRDRE McCLURE

DIRECTED BY DARRYL V. JONES

Ticket Information

THE OPERA
Mary Watkins’ new opera, Dark River, tells the history of the SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) and the biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, a central figure of the early to mid sixties Civil Rights Movement. Ms. Hamer was a prominant organizer in Mississippi and the South, and an important symbol of the grass roots civil rights struggle/movement which became an important turning point for African Americans in US history. She is perhaps best known for the quote: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”  Ms Hamer’s character portrays both the ugliness of the period and the resiliency of the human spirit. She is a sharecropper, illiterate, with little formal education; in many ways the product of a system engineered to exploit her. Her story is important for various reasons on both a local and national level. The opera will present a revealing portrait, not only of the titular character, but the regional South, SNCC (Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee) and other activist movements, and the shaping effect that the summer of 1964 had on the history of our country.

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One Response to “Dark River: An Opera By Mary D. Watkins”

  1. tucker farley Says:

    Honored to to have been able to see this opera, and so glad that Fanny Lou Hamer is honored in a lasting way.

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