United Communities to Advance our Neighborhoods, (UCAN) Inc.

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Bessie Rose

Brenda Martin as "Bessie Rose"

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“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do.  But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.”  George Washington Carver


     "Bessie Rose" is a fictitious 100 year old whose life events and tales reflect true historical events from the plights of Plessy vs. Ferguson, Brown vs. Board of Education; the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Dr. King; through the fights of the Civil Rights Movement.  Ms. Bessie will have you laughing and crying, but most importantly, she will have you listening, learning and loving this art form.

     Mrs. Martin tailors the topics, level of explanations and examples so that groups of all ages can understand.  Brenda has toured schools all over the Tri-state sharing Bessie Rose with first graders to adults.  This presentation can incorporate whatever phase of history that your group wants explored.  She enlightens in the most delightful ways.   Mrs. Martin attempts to introduce characters that are not routinely introduced in the schools' curriculum as opposed to simply "rounding up the usual historical suspects".  Her artistic expression is rivaled only by the content of the presentation, the ache in her walk and the sincerity in her smile. 

     This workshop can also be as part of a series and engage students in researching their own character, learning key concepts in character portrayal and presenting their own shows.

     "Bessie Rose"  is named and modeled after Brenda's grandmother, Bessie, from Louisiana who recently passed at 103 years "Grand" in 2011 and had raised 12 children.  Bessie Rose is also named after Brenda's grandmother-in-law, Rosa, from Tennessee, having given birth to 9 children and also lived more than 100 years.  Bessie Rose also endears the name of the lady who was the catalyst  for the Montgomery Bus Boycott and thus, the Civil Rights Movement, Ms. Rosa Parks.

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