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We Are America

A year-long celebration of voting rights and Fannie Lou Hamer’s legacy.

We Are America presents a series of activations in the community, celebrating the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer and confronting the challenges that remain.

White Snake Projects celebrates a year-long series of performances, workshops, and events around the theme of “voting as freedom.” We Are America seeks to foster civic engagement through artistic work, much of it co-created with the community, as well as through conversations about voting, immigration, and citizenship. These activities are anchored by our production Is This America?, celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, composed by 85-year-old Mary D. Watkins, who has blazed path for other Black women composers. We will produce this opera in 2024, the year of the next general election. There are extraordinary similarities between Hamer’s struggle in the 1960’s to overcome the obstacles enacted to deter Black Americans from exercising their constitutional right to vote and today’s widespread efforts to hinder Black and other BIPOC citizens from voting.

Activations include:

  • Is This America?, a new opera celebrating the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer. (link title to show page)
  • Sing Out Strong: Emancipated Voices, a community song series exploring the idea of “voting as freedom.”
  • Talks with Tunes, a panel-performance series exploring different aspects of Hamer’s legacy and the intersection of civics and the arts.
  • The Bridges That Carried Us Over, a song series celebrating civil rights icons past and present in Boston (more information coming soon).