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We Are Sarasota
April 30 : 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$75
The Sarasota County Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, and Booker High School are bringing back the powerful “We Are Sarasota” program, the soul-stirring story of Sarasota’s journey from the segregated 1950s to the rich, multicultural community that it is today. Starring WBTT artists, including founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs, Booker High School VPA students, and Sarasota’s own judges, lawyers and community activists, the performance will entertain and educate through courtroom drama, song and dance. It will include a dramatic interpretation of Sarasota’s own lunch counter boycott by Booker’s VPA students. It will also feature representatives from numerous area nonprofits, who will highlight the battle for fair and equal treatment through the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX, marriage equality, women’s and immigrants’ issues, and more. “We Are Sarasota” was last performed in 2012 to a sold-out audience. This year’s program was written, directed and produced by Judge Charles E. Williams, Charlie Ann Syprett, and Jacobs. Proceeds from the event will benefit all three event partners. Presenting sponsor is Morgan & Morgan. Approximately 620 students will attend the performance free of charge through the support of the Community Foundation of Sarasota and other generous donors; transportation for children without a way to get to the event is being sponsored by Embracing Our Differences. Tickets, which are $75, are available at sarasotabar.com, “News & Events”; contact Charlie Ann Syprett at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.