On October 7, 2020, The Goodman Theatre staged a newly produced play entitled Fannie Lou Hammer, Speak On It. The play written, by Cheryl L. West, was
performed publicly for free in our Indian Boundary Park. This play, in collaboration with the Chicago Park District and Goodman Theatre. was part of a three-week citywide performance in city parks and community centers. West Ridge Artists helped promote the event on via their website, newsletter and social media. The play highlights the struggle of Fannie Lou Hammer, a 1960s civil rights activist, fighting for free and unimpeded elections in the South. While the play was shortened to 50 minutes, actor E. Faye Butler (as Fannie) impressed all with her singing and acting. She belted out songs that engaged the audience and drew them in to her world of struggle and discrimination. Despite being imprisoned and beaten, Fannie Lou Hammer kept on organizing. The audience left with the clear message - VOTE to honor all those who fought for that right.
Calling all West Ridge residents – show us what you’ve created!