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For immediate release Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        
West End Library hosting Harriett Tubman reenactment at two Birmingham schools, meet-and-greet with Birmingham foot soldier
Birmingham, Ala.-Today, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, courtesy of the West End Branch Library’s Black History Month remembrance programs, students at two Birmingham elementary schools will see a live portrayal of Harriett Tubman, known for her Underground Railroad that led 300 black slaves to their freedom. This afternoon at 3:30 p.m., a foot soldier who participated in the 1963 Mighty Children’s March will speak at the West End Branch Library, 1348 Tuscaloosa Ave. SW.
R. Abayomi Goodall, a performing artist from Selma, will take her popular Harriett Tubman reenactment to Hemphill Elementary, 714 12th St. SW, at 9 a.m. At 1 p.m., Goodall will do her Tubman portrayal at Washington Elementary, 115 4th Ave. South. Tubman was born into slavery and escaped, only to return to the South 19 times to lead 300 other slaves to freedom.
Goodall is an accomplished and versatile performing and visual artist. A native of Washington, D.C.,  she moved to Selma in 2010 to serve as the director of The Ancient Africa Enslavement & Civil War Museum. Her stage credits include “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman,” “I Am Elizabeth Bowser,” “The Amen Corner,” “The Dreamer,” and “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf.”
During the 3:30 p.m. event at West End Library, patrons will hear the real life story of Gloria Washington Randall, who was among thousands of school children who marched and was jailed during 1963 civil rights protests. The Carlton Reese Memorial Choir will perform during Randall’s program.
For more information, call West End Library at 205-226-4089.  You can find other free library events at
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