Relationships, Love, and Struggle: New Play Of Mothers and Men Highlights Black Latina Experience

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On Thursday, February 25, NYC based performance company The Black Latina Movement will perform an original work of theatre, Of Mothers and Men, at Lehigh University (event details below). Through focusing on the diverse voices and stories of individual women of color, the play both highlights and raises questions about the roles and experiences of the women in our lives and communities. Of Mothers and Men represents an opportunity to engage in these questions as a university community.

Of Mothers and Men presents a set of monologues spoken by women about their relationships with their mothers, motherhood, and the men in their lives. The play tells of love and struggle through an exploration of a spectrum of relationships, from healthy to unhealthy romantic partnerships to complex family bonds. Crystal Shaniece Roman, Black Latina Movement founder and CEO, who also appears in Of Mothers and Men, created the show to honor the “many paths these intricate relationships often take.” As such, Of Mothers and Men exemplifies the larger project of The Black Latina Movement to “advance the Black Latina voice” through the arts (BlackLatinamovement.com).

Of Mothers and Men is brought to Lehigh’s campus by a collaboration among the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of International Affairs, and the Women’s Center. The play is also supported by multiple campus partners, including the Council for Equity and Community. Because of the nature of some of the monologues, representatives from Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley and the Lehigh University Counseling Center and Advocates will be present and available to talk with anyone immediately affected. Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley will be accepting donations. Donations are voluntary. No donation is needed to attend the play.

The organizations and individuals who have worked to bring Of Mothers and Men to Lehigh hope that the play will spark campus and community wide conversations about the experiences of women of color as well as the diverse roles of the women in our lives and communities. A 30 minute Question and Answer session with the cast will directly follow the performance, and the discussion will continue on Friday, February 26 at a Brown Bag Lunch meet-up in the M-Room at noon.

Both the play and the post play meet-up are free and open to Lehigh students, faculty, staff and the general public. Come out to hear the stories of Black Latina women and join in the conversation about relationships, love, and struggle.

Email Rita Jones, Director of the Women’s Center, at rmj207@lehigh.edu, for more information.

Event Details:

The Black Latina Movement Presents: Of Mothers and Men

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

6:30pm

Lamberton Hall

Lehigh University

Admission is Free!

Post-Play Brown Bag Lunch Conversation:

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

Noon

M-Room (2nd floor of the University Center)

Lehigh University

Event is free, bring your lunch and responses to the play!

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