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The Last Word

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is excited to welcome Schyleen Qualls. Through her dramatic presentation, titled "The Last Word," she aims to encourage students of all backgrounds to explore the richness and diversity of American culture and to become more knowledgeable and open-minded world citizens. The show includes a fun-filled collage of thought-provoking poetry and prose by celebrated African-American authors.

Ms. Qualls is an accomplished actress with an impressive list of credits in the arts. Her unique theatrical style has delighted audiences in hundreds of performances in the United States and abroad. She is co-founder of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and for many years has performed her dramatic vignettes in concerts with the highly acclaimed dancers. This versatile actress has also appeared as a guest artist with jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras, and gospel choirs.

Ms. Quails has travelled extensively in Europe, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. In 1977 she was a member of the American delegation to the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture held in Lagos, Nigeria. She was also the scriptwriter for the powerful film, "Family Reunion, Americans at Festac," which documented the Nigerian festival and has been shown in 74 countries. Recently she produced a documentary film on legendary jazz artists Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and currently is working on other film projects.

Please join us for a fun evening of intellectual entertainment. Return the enclosed reservation slip for the 5:30 reception, 6:00 dinner, and 7:00 talk.