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Sketch of the Life Madam C. J. Walker

Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. and Parnell’s Curl Center present Sketch in the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, depicted by Gwendolyn Quezaire Presutti, an historic interpreter and an artist-in-residence for the Connecticut Historical Society. She has performed as Harriet Tubman and other historical characters, but this is her first Connecticut performance of Madam Walker.

Her program introduces untapped, accessible history that celebrates the rich diversity, ambitions and inspiring heroism in the face of racism and violence. The performance recounts the rise of a washerwoman, born in 1867, who invented hair-care products and became an entrepreneur. Walker is both the first African American millionaire and the first female, self-made millionaire in the United States, despite being the daughter of slaves. She gave her time and money to her community and led an anti-lynching campaign all the way to the White House to make lynching a federal crime.

This event will include artists, poets and more, including Harford-area musicians such as jazz singer-songwriter Nikki Mathis, gospel, jazz and soul vocalist Chereese Carter, “The Alvin Carter Project,” with band leader Alvin Carter, Jr., saxophone player J. Bill Beverly and pianist/composer Orice Jenkins. Spoken word artist includes Micheal “Chief” Peterson, NuNu Smith, and Oktober Brown. Illustrator Ms Kim Canon.

Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at Trinity-on-Main, 19 Chestnut St. Tickets, $10. To purchase tickets, visit or 860-229-2072.

Presutti, of East Hartford, is donating her services, so all proceeds will benefit the Queen Ann Nzinga Center, a nonprofit organization that has worked for 26 years to help children reach their full potential through the arts and to engage with the community to foster multicultural appreciation and understanding.

For more information on Queen Ann Nzinga Center, visit, email or call 860-229-8389.