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Atlanta’s Pearl Cleage Reads Latest Theatrical Production at Shrine of the Black Madonna

Atlanta playwright and New York Times Best Seller author Pearl Cleage, affectionately known as ‘Sister Pearl’, will read from her latest theatrical production, What I Learned in Paris, on Sunday afternoon at the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore in the West End, reports the Cascade Patch.

What I Learned in Paris is a romantic comedy set in 1973 Atlanta, a time of tremendous social and political upheaval. The production has its world premiere run at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater, September 5-30.

The setting for the reading is appropriate and certainly familial, Ms. Cleage is the daughter of Shrine of the Black Madonna founder, the late Bishop Albert Cleage (1911 -2000). Bishop Cleage was a noted civil rights era activist and is best known as a leader in advocating a socially-conscious, progressive Black liberation theology formalized as the Black Christian Nationalist Movement. The movement started in Detroit and Cleage later established Shrine of the Black Madonna communities in Kalamazoo, Houston and Atlanta.

Pearl Cleage is a graduate of Atlanta’s Spelman College, where she currently teaches drama. She is a prolific writer and possibly best known for her novel, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day which gained wide recognition when Oprah Winfrey selected it as a 1998 Oprah’s Book Club selection.

The reading is free and open to the public.

An Afternoon with Pearl Cleage
Sunday, August 26, 2012 @1:00pm

Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore
946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW Atlanta, GA 30310
For more info call Ewa @ 404-549-8676

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