California’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, Florence Avognon, Shows what Inspired her by Giving a Tribute to Living Legends in the One Woman Play, “Makin’ Us Whole: A Tribute to Literary Activists” March 2012

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Florence Avognon, California’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, stars in the One Woman Stage Play, the weekend dates of March 24 & 25th and March 31st & April 1st at the Imagined Life Theater . Watch the written word jump off the page through her portrayals of life through poetry from Nikki Giovanni, Ntzoke Shange, Sonia Sanchez, and Maya Angelou to name a few. During Women’s History Month explore the tribute of living legends who are poetic activists of our lifetime. Giving tribute to these poets is one of the many ways that this teacher of the year is giving back to the community at large. Written by Florence Avognon and Directed by Gerald C. Rivers, Makin’ Us Whole, demonstrates years of tried and true talent. As a precursor to a summer run of this play, plus a star studded tribute, this rendition of emotion packed poems shows how the study of literature paves the way for our leaders in education to inspire, transcend and shape our world one student at a time.

“I cannot tell the truth about anything unless I confess being a student, growing and learning something new every day. The more I learn, the clearer my view of the world becomes.”
― Sonia Sanchez

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Florence Avognon, California Teacher of the Year 2012, stars in the one woman play, Makin’ Us Whole: A Tribute to Literary Activists, as a preview for a summer rendition to give tribute to Nikki Giovanni, Ntzoke Shange, Sonia Sanchez, Maya Angelou and many more.

Director, Gerald C. Rivers, best known for his theatrical portrayals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has established his expertise of grabbing the audience by demonstrating versatility, prestige, and inspiration with the poetry presented in this play. Directing Makin’ Us Whole, displays his passion for expressing poetry through reenactment and dance. The Imagined Life Theater will hold the literary experience during Women's Month.

Making students whole through exploration of literature is one of the main reasons that Ms. Avognon has been chosen as California’s 2012 teacher of the year. Year in and year out Florence demonstrated as a LACOE, Juvenile Court and Community School Teacher that children need to be inspired daily. Literature is the escape that allowed many of her current and previous students to live dreams through the words that extended off the pages. Teaching students to identify with the poets they read was the easy part about persuading students to read. Tupac and other Hip Hop artists followed the same literary activists that Ms. Avognon teaches her students about. Former student and previous 2010 California Teacher of the year, RuthAnn Arbuckle dances to key musical choices that demonstrate the mood of each piece of poetry and fluidity is created for this theatrical movement.With an estimate ten character portrayals Ms. Avognon brings poetry to life.

Life’s challenges are always faced with an equal or greater solution. “Makin’ Us Whole: A Tribute to Literary Activists”, travels across time with characters and music that provide a unique look at various powerful works rarely heard. The show will explore the humor, rhythm, passion, and protest in Black literature.

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Florence Avognon’s next project is a summer rendition of this play, which will be packed with celebrities, city officials, and the community of Los Angeles coming to support and pay tribute to Living legends, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou, and Ntzoke Sanchez. Experience poetry interpreted through theatrical exposé and dance.


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