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American Stage’s Lift Every Voice New Play Festival Keynote Address: Making a Way Out of No Way

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Making a Way Out of No Way is a popular African-American expression. Dr. Bireda, portraying pioneer Queen Andrews answers questions posed by W.E.B DuBois regarding the agency and joy expressed by African-Americans during Jim Crow, including the values, virtues, creativity, and resilience in the community.

Dr. Martha Bireda is the Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County. For over twenty-five years, she was a consultant and trainer for issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, and class for school districts, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations. She is the author of A Time for Change: How White Supremacy Ideology Harms All Americans, released in September 2022, The Womb Rebellion, and is a monthly contributor to

This program is part of American Stage’s Lift Every Voice New Play Festival occurring March 1-3, 2024 at the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art. Lift Every Voice is a new play festival dedicated to providing exposure to emerging playwrights with a focus on BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ storytellers. Visit the Lift Every Voice event page for more information. This Florida Talks program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the American Stage Theatre Company. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the aforementioned entities.

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Event Date/time:

March 1 @ 6:00 pm -
March 1 @ 7:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Martha Bireda, Director, Blanchard House
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Event Venue:

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art
150 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
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Venue Phone:
(727) 823-7529

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