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ONU Brings to Life the Struggles and Triumphs of Frederick Douglass

Jan 29, 2008
Ohio Northern University presents "Frederick Douglass: In the Shadow of Slavery," on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts. This performance recounts the struggle for freedom from slavery through the eyes of Frederick Douglass, one of the most important African-Americans in United States history.

Veteran actor and film producer Mel Johnson Jr. portrays Douglass in this one-man show, which incorporates gripping plantation songs, lush lighting and sound design. This historical biography chronicles Douglass' extraordinary life, including childhood slavery, his perilous escape to freedom, his intense friendships with Susan B. Anthony, John Brown, and Abraham Lincoln, and his crucial work on behalf of former slaves after the Civil War.

Johnson's Broadway credits include Mufasa in "The Lion King" and parts in "Jelly's Last Jam," "On The Twentieth Century," "The Boys from Syracuse" and "Hamlet." His film credits include "Total Recall."

Tickets are $15 general admission and $8 for ONU students. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling (419) 772-1900.

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