Atlanta Technical College Celebrates Black History Month
Atlanta Technical College celebrated Black History Month on February 29, with a live performance of Ain’t I a Woma! presented by the Core Ensemble. During this one-woman show, Taylore Mahogany Scott paid homage to four powerful African American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter, and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. As Scott portrayed the characters, she interacted on stage with a musical trio of cello, piano and percussion.
The event which was free for students and members of the community was sponsored by the Atlanta Technical College Student Government Association. The audience sat mesmerized as Scott and her ensemble-mates explored the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and the contemporary concert music made famous by African Americans. Ain’t I a Woman! truly was a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of four passionate and accomplished women.
Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured in every region of the United States and internationally to Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, and the British Virgin Islands. The Core Ensemble has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, The Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.