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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Val Gray Ward.

Author: Val Gray Ward; Julieanna L Richardson; Paul Bieschke; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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Artistic director, actress, and producer Val Gray Ward was born on August 21, 1932, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, America's oldest living all-black town. As part of Chicago's activist Black Arts Movement, Ward founded the nonprofit Kuumba Theatre Company in 1968. The company dedicated its efforts to the revitalization of the black community through the arts. The Kuumba Theatre Company produced such plays as The Amen  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Internet videos
Interviews
Named Person: Val Gray Ward; Val Gray Ward
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Val Gray Ward; Julieanna L Richardson; Paul Bieschke; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
OCLC Number: 1003150086
Credits: Videographer, Paul Bieschke.
Performer(s): Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Event notes: Recorded
Chicago, Illinois
2002 June 2.
Description: 1 online resource (9 video files (4 hr., 13 min., 58 sec.)) : sound, color.
Other Titles: History Makers video oral history with Val Gray Ward
Val Gray Ward

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Artistic director, actress, and producer Val Gray Ward was born on August 21, 1932, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, America's oldest living all-black town. As part of Chicago's activist Black Arts Movement, Ward founded the nonprofit Kuumba Theatre Company in 1968. The company dedicated its efforts to the revitalization of the black community through the arts. The Kuumba Theatre Company produced such plays as The Amen Corner by James Baldwin, Welcome To Black River by Samm Art Williams and Five On The Black Hand Side by Charles Fuller. Ward and the company received Emmy Awards for the PBS television production of Precious Memories: Strolling 47th Street in 1988. On college campuses here and abroad, Ward performed one-woman shows including Harriet Tubman by Francis Ward, Sister Son/Ji by Sonia Sanchez and I Am A Black Woman, featuring the poetry of Mari Evans.

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