FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE
Crossroad Cultural Arts Center
332 Delta Avenue
Friday August 4th at 7pm
Saturday August 5th at 7pm
Sunday August 6th at 4pm
Headquartered at her beauty shop on Ashton Street in downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi, Vera Mae Pigee played a crucial role during the civil rights movement in the Delta. While her name isn’t figured as prominently in history books as other local luminaries, Pigee was an instrumental figure in the fight for equality in Mississippi: from her efforts organizing direct action with young people to registering thousands of African Americans to vote.
This August, Pigee’s story will meet the stage as part of a new theatrical production from StoryWorks: “Beautiful Agitators.”
Based on interviews, research and reporting by young journalists in Clarksdale, “Beautiful Agitators” is an original play that will explore the history of Pigee’s activism and the legacy that her work left behind. Each performance will be followed by a conversation that will bridge the work of Pigee and other civil rights leaders in Clarksdale to the nature of local civic engagement today. The show is free and open to the public, but space is limited.