Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Kimbrough is behind the upcoming event “Ain’t I A Woman: A Tribute to African American Women” which will take place Feb. 22nd at 2pm at the Nashville Church of Scientology. The tribute will celebrate the history and lives of African American women, including Sojourner Truth, Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni. Kimbrough will bring to life the legacy of these women through dance, poetry and recitations.
Lizzie Kimbrough, a sophomore at St. Cecilia High School, is running for Miss Jabberwock, a program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority which raises funds for the Minerva Foundation to fund college scholarships.
According to nashvillealumnae.com, the Minerva Foundation has goals to “engage in public service programs that promote and encourage high intellectual, cultural, and moral standards among residents in the Metro Nashville community; establish, foster and organize educational, historical and cultural programs that will provide meaningful inter-generational activities and improve the quality of life for future generation.”
The event “Ain't I A Woman” is a one-woman show in which Kimbrough will dance and recite poetry in tribute to African American women. Far from her first event, she has performed and competed with the Malone Dance Academy, has participated in the Nashville Prevent “So You Think You Can Dance” competition, and won four years in a row in the Omega Psi Phi Talent Hunt.
Kimbrough took first place in the 2012/2013 Vanderbilt Poetry and Essay Contest (middle school category) for her speech “Elizabeth’s Dream” which went on to be published on Vanderbilt University’s website. She then recited her speech at Vanderbilt’s Martin Luther King, Jr. annual lecture series and spoke at the Nashville City-Wide Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.
“Ain’t I A Woman: A Tribute to African American Women” will take place Feb. 22nd at 2pm in the Nashville Church of Scientology Community Hall. For more information, contact Julie Brinker at 615-687-4600.