Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Ms. Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley
Email bpstorybird@hotmail.com
Cel Phone 505/307-3328
Address 2000 Patton Road SW
Albuquerque, NM  87105
US
Biographical Info Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley is a popular vocalist, having appeared at numerous community, church and jazz events. She is also a popular story-telling who has performed in many venues.
Program Title FOOTSTEPS TO FREEDOM: From Jim Crow to Civil Rights
Character Name Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks
 
Program Description This program explores the history of the civil rights movement through the lives of two powerful women: Rosa Parks, the African-American seamstress who refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus; and Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Coretta was the phenomenal force behind the throne who never faltered in her dedication. She was a singer who gave up her career to support her husband and the hard pathway to freedom.
Series Conversations With the World; American Icons
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Program Title LENA HORNE
Character Name Lena Horne
 
Program Description In 1933, beautiful 16-year-old Lena Horne began dancing at the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem. She went on to become the first African American woman to sign a contract with a Hollywood studio. Fighting discrimination from whites and blacks, she won critical acclaim for her distinctive singing style and a Tony for her Broadway show at the age of 65. Her life was truly grace amid "Stormy Weather."
Series Art, Music and Dance; American Icons
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Program Title STORYTELLING FOR ALL SEASONS
 
Program Description Ms. Hollingsworth-Marley tells stories from many traditions and places them in cultural context. Children love her zany puppets, like Opera Woman, a contagiously hilarious way to introduce forms of music to kids. She also offers a selection of stories for adults.
Series Writers, Storytellers and Poets
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Program Title BILLIE HOLIDAY: Singin' the Blues
Character Name Billie Holiday
 
Program Description The late great Ms. Billie Holiday, also known as "Lady Day," was born to sing her blues in jazzy sultry tones from coast to coast. Billie's personal life was tumultuous and the difficulties of poverty, racial prejudice and a world at war created a complex backdrop for a sadness the "Lady" was unable to overcome. Introduced to Harlem and the Harlem Renaissance in the late 1920’s and the Great Depression in the 1930s, Holiday used her unique singing style to work with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Bessie Smith and a host of blues and jazz greats of her time. During her career she fought many battles, but her battle with drugs was to overcome her talent and take her life. Known for her rendition of "Strange Fruit" the memory of Billie Holiday has endured through generations of jazz lovers. Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley brings to life Billie's story with a haunting refrain of pain and pleasure ... Ladies and Gentleman please welcome "The Lady."
Series American Icons; Art, Music and Dance
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