- Nov. 15, 2012 -
Williamsburg, VA, November 15, 2012
Colonial Williamsburg (http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/)
celebrates female empowerment and African American culture March 8-10 during “Steadfast Spirits,” a weekend of programming dedicated to women’s history and the arts. Internationally-
recognized actor Erica Hubbard (http://www.ericahubbard.com
), star of BET’s (http://www.bet.com
) “Let’s Stay Together,” headlines the weekend with two engaging performances of “Liberty for Lydia,” a new script that carefully balances emotional charge with historical accuracy and authenticity. Hubbard’s participation is part of Colonial Williamsburg’
s Guest Artist series, a program designed to engage new audiences and bring promising new talent to perform alongside Colonial Williamsburg’
s own actor interpreters. The Guest Artist series launched in 2010 with appearances by Mamie Gummer (“Off the Map”) and Jesse Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy”).
On March 9, Hubbard will portray Lydia Broadnax, an enslaved woman who worked in the home of 18th-century influencer and scholar George Wythe, with whom she shared a close and unique bond. Upon the death of his wife, Wythe freed Lydia, and she ultimately became an entrepreneur in nearby Richmond. She was also well-known by Williamsburg resident Thomas Jefferson. The story of Lydia Broadnax is the story of a woman facing, enduring and overcoming the shifting challenges of slavery and freedom in the age of the American Revolution.
answer session with Hubbard and the rest of the cast follows each performance and features questions submitted via social media channels.
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Hubbard dedicated her life to acting at age nine. With experience on both the big and small screens, she is best recognized for her roles in Save the Last Dance
, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Akeelah and the Bee
, ABC Family’s “Lincoln Heights,” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” Hubbard’s childhood in Chicago inspires her extensive philanthropic work through charities and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and her own Erica Hubbard Foundation, committed to helping at-risk, inner-city children suffering from low self-esteem and poverty.
Other weekend events during “Steadfast Spirits” include a performance by the Grammy-award-
winning African American female a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, a conversation about the role of poetry and storytelling in African American culture – and more.
For information, visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/)
, The Center for American History, Citizenship and Democracy, is an interactive, not-for-profit educational institution and cultural destination committed to promoting the importance of informed, active citizenship. Every year, Colonial Williamsburg adds new programs and integrated technologies to enhance the guest experience at home and on site. From the RevQuest Adventures series using text messaging, clues and codes to guide visitors through the Revolutionary City, to a reorganized program schedule providing stronger context for visitors, to the launch of a new website, Colonial Williamsburg is focused on building engagement and relevance. Guests become part of the story through interactive programming in the Revolutionary City; Guest Artist performances and lectures; the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg;
first-class Hotels; the WILLIAMSBURG shopping experience; the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club; The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg;
and fine dining offerings from culinary events to taverns.
― Be part of the story at colonialwilliamsburg.com