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Voices for Change: Mike Wiley Productions “Fire of Freedom”
February 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
In celebration of Black History, the Friday Center for Continuing Education proudly presents a theatrical performance presented by acclaimed actor and playwright, Mike Wiley. His one-man play, Fire of Freedom, (based on the book by historian David Celcelski and adapted by playwright Howard L. Craft) offers a glimpse into the life of Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870). Galloway was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. Throughout his brief, mercurial life, Galloway fought against slavery and injustice. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black soldiers for the North, and fought racism in the Union army’s ranks. He stood at the forefront of an African-American political movement, even leading a historic delegation of black southerners to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and to demand the full rights of citizenship. He later became one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature.
Long hidden from history, Galloway’s story reveals a war unfamiliar to most of us. This riveting portrait illuminates Galloway’s life and deepens our insight into the Civil War and Reconstruction as experienced by African-Americans in the South. Fire of Freedom offers a powerful lesson of freedom, perseverance, and the triumph of the human spirit.
Admission is free. Advance registration is requested. Call 919-962-3000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Performance at 3 pm. Reception to follow at 4 pm.