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Actress Maxine Maxwell will present “Echoes of the Past,” dramatic portrayals of five African and African-American women, 8 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the Marlo Room of Lafayette’s Farinon College Center.

Free and open to the public, the event is part of Lafayette’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

“Echoes of the Past” explores the turning points of five African and African-American women who displayed remarkable strength and courage. Each comes with a concise background narrative along with subtle costume pieces to set the stage. The play opens with Henrietta King, an old slave woman, and continues with antislavery activist Sojourner Truth, journalist Ida B. Wells, and 15-year-old Elizabeth Eckford, one of the “Little Rock Nine” who integrated Central High in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957. The performance ends with the battle of the children of South African, known as the Uprising of Soweto, through the words of Winnie Mandela.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Maxwell graduated from Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts. In the years that followed, she began teaching theater workshops as well as serving as a producer in the New York area.

Maxwell has toured throughout the country as an actress and worked In New York as both a solo artist and as a member of performing ensembles. Maxwell is on the roster of the New York Foundation of the Arts, Young Audiences, and Arts Connection in the New York area. Her past credits include originating the roles in Cross Currents and Tell Me It’s Going to be Wonderful. She has appeared in Funnyhouse of a Negro, The Trojan Woman of Euripides, and the national tour of For Colored Girls Who have Discovered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf. Her musical credits include touring across the country in World Turning, a bluegrass piece on the history of the banjo featuring banjo player Tony Trischka.

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