New Orleans Public Library

Fourth Annual
Paul Robeson Acting Competition
March 8, 2003

The Fourth Annual Paul Robeson Acting Competition was held in the Main Auditorium of the New Orleans Public Library on Saturday, March 8, 2003. Students from area high schools gave original renditions of the life of famous African Americans. Judging the event were (seated right, l-r) Chakula Cha Jua, founder and executive artistic director of the Chakula Cha Jua theatre, Carol Sutton, who has appeared in the Oscar winning film Monsters Ball and recently completed filming in the movie Runaway Jury, and Anthony Bean, founder of the Anthony Bean Theatre.

Leo Bailey convinces the audience that he is Granville T. Woods. Bailey, a student at Edna Karr high school, took first place in the competition.

Recalling her years as an originator of her own vibrant dance technique, an aged Katherine Dunham, portrayed by Megan Perry Braden, gives the audience an earful on the life of the famous dancer. Braden is a senior at McDongh 35 high school.

In a tone reminiscent of the famous comedienne Bill Cosby, Marcus Reine tells the audience of Cosby's entertainment and philanthropic achievements. Reine is a student at Eleanor McMain high school.

Sabra Honoré gives the audience some final thoughts on the life of Maya Angelou before breaking into her presentation of Angelou's poem, "Phenomenal Woman." Honoré, a student at F.W. Gregory High School, took home Honorable Mention for her performance.

Christopher Burton told the audience about the namesake of his high school, Frederick Douglass. Burton also received honorable mention for his performance.

Winners of the competition pose for a picture following the program. They are (l-r) Marcus Reine, third place winner as Bill Cosby; Meghan Perry Braden, second place winner as Katherine Dunham; and Leo Bailey, first place winner as Granville T. Woods.

The winners of the competition are congratulated by the judges, (l-r) judges Anthony Bean, Carol Sutton, first place winner Leo Bailey, judge Chakula Cha Jua, third place winner Marcus Reine and second place winner Meghan Perry Braden.

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