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'One Drop of Love' to tell story of race in America

January 9, 2017

'One Drop of Love' to tell story of race in America

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Topic: Campus News

"One Drop of Love," a multimedia one-woman show starring Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, will tell the story of the creation of race in the United States, as well as how it affects relationships.

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni

The show uses filmed images, photographs and animation in its storytelling journey, and transports viewers back to the 1700s and to cities around the world.

The performance, which is being presented by the University Library, will take place from 2-4:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. It's free and open to the public.

Cox DiGiovanni is an actor, producer, educator and U-M alumna.

"In the show, she talks about kind of how the concept of race was constructed in this country, her connection to her father and growing up in the U.S. as a mixed race person," said Darlene Nichols, University Library foundations and grants librarian. "It's an effort really to get people to talk about race and what it means in the U.S."

Nichols said Cox DiGiovanni conducts an interactive Q-and-A session and conversation at the end of the performance.

"Since ultimately the intent of the program is to get people to talk about race and to get people to think about the impact of racism in our lives and perhaps start to deconstruct racism, I think that that ties in to (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s) work and the work that's continued after him just perfectly," she said.