The Quality Theatrical Players presents a performance of the life story of Cincinnati civil rights icon Ms. Marian Spencer in a play entitled, “A Black Eye on America,” by Dot Christenson. It will be presented at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s Lindner Annex, located at 6620 Montgomery Rd. at Kennedy Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio, 45213. Time: Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th at 5:00 P.M. both days.
Tickets are $20, and can be purchased in advance at Everybody’s Records (6106 Montgomery Rd.) or Kennedy Heights Arts Center. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
The play, based on Dot Christenson’s biography Keep on Fighting is presented in the reader’s theatre format. It tells stories in the life of a civil rights advocate as told by Ms. Marian A. Spencer to her friend, Dorothy H. Christenson.
Ms. Spencer may be best known for the desegregation of Cincinnati’s Coney Island Amusement Park, but she achieved a number of leadership victories that include the desegregation of Cincinnati Public Schools and stopping the introduction of observers in Black voting precincts in Ohio. Ms. Spencer lead the campaign to raise awareness of industrial toxic waste practices in minority neighborhoods, which was later adapted through legislation into a United States federal government program known as Superfund in 1980. She is the first African American woman to be elected to Cincinnati City Council. This unforgettable story presents one of the greatest living and breathing civil rights advocates in the 20th century, with ties directly to slavery due her grandfather being an emancipated slave.
This play, “A Black Eye on America,” is directed and produced by Willie James Jones. He is an award winning author and movie producer of several of his stories that include, “The Transition,” “The Little Phone Book,” “I’ve Got To Wake Up,” “The Word Is Out,” and ”Out Of Sight…Out Of Mind.” He is also author of the nationally published award winning musical play, “The Last Encore” and “By the Time I’m Twenty.” As a high school educator, he has staged several plays in his drama director position. Recently, Mr. Jones wrote and produced the heartwarming Christmas story entitled “Santa Goes Straight to the Hood,” which had a private screening in December.