"Claim the Dream" Performance
Will Depict Female Black
Posted January 29, 2003
HOLLAND -- Hope College will present the one-woman
drama "Claim the Dream" on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. in the
Knickerbocker Theatre in conjunction with Black History
The public is invited. Admission is free.
"Claim the Dream" is a chronology of noted female
Black leaders and history, and will be performed by its
author, Dianne Oyama Dixon. The dramatization includes
depictions of a slave trader and passage across the Atlantic
Ocean, a slave girl, Harriet Tubman's underground railroad,
Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I A Woman?," Mary Church Terrell's
right-to-vote speech, Mary McLeod Bethune's last will and
testimony, and Rosa Parks's bus ride.
Dianne Oyama Dixon has numerous film and
television credits, including "A Piece of the Action," "The
Choirboys," "The Cradle Will Fall," "Playing for Keeps," "As
the World Turns," "The Guiding Light" and "Good Times." Her
stage experience spans both coasts, and includes
performances at The New York Shakespeare Festival, the Los
Angeles Actor's Theatre, the Ebony Showcase, Lincoln Center
and the Kennedy Center.
She authored "Ladies, Your Places Please," which
appeared at Nashville's Circle Theatre. She has produced,
directed, written and performed in hundreds of television
and radio commercials that have aired in all markets as well
She is a native of Nashville, Tenn., and a
Stephens College theater/dance graduate.
Later in the month, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, Hope will
host the third annual Ottawa Area Summit on Racism. More
information about the all-day summit, which is sponsored by
the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA) and will
begin at 8 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel, may be obtained
by calling (616) 846-9074 or from the Web site
www.ethnicdiversity.org. Registration is $25 per person,
On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the college's "Dialogue on
Race Series" will feature the film "The Real Eve" at 7 p.m.
in the Maas Center conference room. Narrated by Danny
Glover, the Discovery Channel documentary examines the
discovery of the ancient remains of "Lucy" in Africa, and
based on DNA reconstructions explores the idea, according to
the video's description, that all humankind could "be
descended from just a few females--maybe just one."
Audience discussion after the film will be led by Dr.
Christopher Barney, who is the T. Elliott Weier Professor of
Biology at Hope.