Beautiful Agitators Story Works
Documentary Live Theater in the Gallery
Featuring playwrite and journalist Aallyah Wright, StoryWorks artistic director Jenna Welch and actors from across the Mississippi Delta.
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. Come learn how investigative reporting into the sovereignty commission reports resulted in a touring theatre production. Several scenes based on the sovereignty commission reports will come alive through dramatic readings by Delta-based actors.
Beyond the Disasters: Telling stories about resilience in Mississippi and the South
Lyndsey Gilpin, editor Southerly Mag; Larrison Campbell, Mississippi Today; George Flaggs, Jr., Mayor of Vicksburg, MS; Heather McTeer Toney
More often each year, we see the big headlines: flooding in the Delta, toxic algae blooms along the Gulf Coast, excessive heat waves in the South. But we don't always hear about the day-to-day challenges communities face — whether that's land loss, pollution, or utility bills. During this panel, we'll discuss with journalists and community leaders the stories falling through the cracks, and how communities are creatively responding, adapting, and pushing for more equitable access to resources.