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Come Freedom, Come with Valerie Davis

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2023

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

Newport News, VA

11 AM – 11:50 AM

Hear the uniquely American story of Martha Ann Fields, an enslaved cook and one of Virginia's

unsung heroes. Celebrated storyteller and actor, Valerie Davis, captures the physical, historical,

and spiritual essence of this former enslaved woman from the Nutshell Plantation in Hanover

County as she reveals this true story of love, longing, faith, betrayal, and courage.

Meet the character, Martha Anna Fields, during a Q&A after the program. This program is great

for all ages! A special thanks to the Arts for Learning Virginia and the Virginia African American

Cultural Center for this performance.


Coretta: A Legacy of Love by Valerie Davis

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2023

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts

Suffolk, VA

10 AM – 10:50 AM

Hailed as the "First Lady of the Civil Rights movement," Coretta Scott King comes to life in this

moving performance by Valerie Davis. From her marriage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to her

life dedicated to political activism, Coretta was an American legend at the forefront of the fight

for human rights. Through music and stories, this interactive performance asks audience

members, through Coretta's voice, to consider the question of how they can combat injustice.

This program is great for all ages! A special thanks to the Arts for Learning Virginia and the

Virginia African American Cultural Center for this performance.


Triumphs & Tribulations: Evelyn T. Butts with Valerie Davis

SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023

Richard A. Tucker Memorial Library

Norfolk, VA

2 PM – 2:50 PM

Historical interpretation of civil rights activist and Norfolk native Evelyn T Butts. Storyteller,

Valerie Davis takes audiences on a journey through the triumphs and tribulations of this unsung

hero of the civil rights movement. A special thanks to the Arts for Learning Virginia and the

Virginia African American Cultural Center for this performance.

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