WVU Art in the Libraries Virtual Program, in partnership with the WV Women Vote of Morgantown Coalition, present West Virginia storyteller Ilene Evans performing as suffragist Coralie Franklin Cook.
Ilene Evans is an inventive storyteller weaving music, dance, and drama to bring history alive. Ms. Evans creates educational theater programs and workshops that span a vast range of arts and humanities as artistic director of the theater company Voices from the Earth. She has toured internationally with her historical and original works including Harvest of Dreams, General Moses, Building Bridges, and Mountain Blues and Tales. Ms. Evans portrays other significant women of color who changed the world: Carrie Williams, Coralie Franklin Cook, Memphis Tennessee Garrison, Elizabeth Catlett Mora, and Bessie Coleman. Ms. Evans received her B.A. from Trinity College Deerfield and her M.A. at East Tennessee State University.
Coralie Franklin Cook (1861-1941) graduated from Storer College at Harpers Ferry, WV in 1880, becoming its first female instructor of African American descent. She later was the first to teach elocution at Howard University, establishing it as a permanent part of the curriculum which became the foundation of their drama department. Franklin-Cook was a gifted orator and a respected leader in the African American community, well known in both West Virginia and Washington D.C. She was an outspoken leader in women’s suffrage, temperance, the fine arts, and education.
*Sign Language Interpreting and Captioning Services are available by request for participants who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. To request an Interpreter or Captioner please contact Jason.Kapcala@mail.wvu.edu at least 3 business days prior to this event.