Remember2019 is an effort to make space for the congregation of the Black communities and Black cultural workers of Phillips County, AR. Our work is to support and facilitate local practices of self-determination, memory, and reflection, that are directly related to the mass lynching of 1919, the lasting effects of racial terror, and the current and future health of these communities.

Award winning playwright visiting Helena for Remember 2019: A Story Sharing about Phillips County.

The Delta Cultural Center and Remember2019 will be presenting a staged reading of Scapegoat, written by the award winning playwright, Christina Ham. the staged reading is a part of the event, Remember 2019: A story Sharing about Phillips County, which aims to gather folks from across the county to commemorate the past, share stories about the present, and imagine the future. The event will take place on July 30th from 3:00PM-5:30PM at the Beth El Heritage Hall (406 Perry St. Helena, AR, 72342) in Downtown Helena. It will include great food and live music by the award winning musician, Julia Buckingham. Event is free and open to the public.

Christina Ham’s Scapegoat is a two-part play exploring how racial issues of the past can still haunt us today. Inspired by true events, this drama explores one of the worst massacres in United States History. The first part begins with a bitter dispute between white and black neighbors on the eve of the Elaine Race Massacre of 1919. The second part, nearly 100 years later, finds these characters on vacation together, accidentally stumbling upon this small town and learning about its ugly history, which may just reveal the real truth about one another.

As William Faulkner writes, “the past is never dead. It isn’t even past.”

This event will give us an opportunity to consider how our past continues to have an effect on our present and ask ourselves – how will this affect our future?

Christina Ham’s plays have been developed and produced both nationally and internationally with the Kennedy Center, Center Theater Group, The Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Goodman Theater, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Her children’s play, Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 was directed by Tony Award winning actress Phylicia Rashad and performed in front of a sold-out audience at the Kennedy Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

For more information contact Kyler Miller at the Delta Cultural Center (870) 338 4350

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