New Orleans Public Library

Black History Month 2002

Paul Robeson Acting Competition
Main Library
March 9, 2002

Black History Month's annual Paul Robeson Acting Competition was held at the Main Library on March 9. Five high school students demonstrated their knowledge of famous African Americans through their ability to portray themselves as those individuals.

Israel Scott (Edna Karr Junior High) was the 1st place finisher as Ben Chaney Sr., father of murdered civil rights worker James Chaney.

Jordan Bridges (Robert Lusher School) received the 2nd place trophy for his performance as slave rebellion leader Nat Turner.

Nahria Brown (Alfred Lawless High School), the 3rd place finisher, portrayed abolitionist Sojourner Truth.

Kevin Barnes (Marian Central Catholic Middle School) received Honorable Mention, as Daniel Hale Williams, the first doctor to perform open heart surgery.
Elyon Sentino (McDonough 35) played Harriet Tubman, telling of her role in the Underground Railroad.
The winners, with the judges, actress Carol Sutton and actor/director/writer Chakula Cha Jua.
NOPL's Dennis McCann, who served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, and the judges.

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