Come see Danny Glover perform! Hear the historical commentary of Edwidge Danticat and Henry Louis Gates Jr.! “Roots of Liberty’’ tells the story of Cecile, a Haitian-American high school student who is assigned to write a paper on someone who helped pave the way to the Emancipation Proclamation. When she chooses Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the Haitian Revolution and an inspiration for the antislavery movement in the United States, Cecile’s teacher informs her she cannot write about him because he is “not in the textbook.’’
She sets out to prove Louverture’s significance and impact on US history. In what is described as “a kind of waking dream,’’ Cecile journeys through the history and culture of both nations, encountering along the way Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Union soldiers, and eventually Louverture himself.
Glover will play either Louverture or Douglass in the pageant, Underground Railway said, while Gates and Danticat will provide commentary and historical insight.
Admission is FREE! Reservations are not required, but accepted.