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"AfroSolo Theatre Company’s ""Standing Tall"": A Celebration of Black Resilience

Join us live for an informative, inspiring and uplifting special event!

Juneteenth (June 19) is the federal holiday (beginning in 2021) commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Honoring Juneteenth, join us for “Standing Tall": A Celebration of Black Resilience Through Solo Performances presented by The AfroSolo Theatre Company. "Standing Tall” is an evening of performances with theater, dance, music and historical-based content that delve into the extraordinary resilience of Black men, navigating the challenges and triumphs unique to the Black male experience.

Hosted by Mistress of Ceremony Monetta White, executive director and CEO of the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD).

AfroSolo Theatre Company is committed to amplifying Black voices and narratives through solo performances, creating transformative experiences that resonate across diverse audiences.

Featured Performances

Algerion "KTG" Bryant II premieres "Standing Tall," a dance work reflecting the communal power of art and personal resilience.

Peter Fitzsimmons presents a narrative and slide presentation, delving into the glorious history of San Francisco's Fillmore District, the Harlem of the West.

Ranzel Merritt performs "Supreme: Tribute to John Coltrane," captivating audiences with his saxophone skills and musical prowess.

Marcus J. Paige performs "There Is No Hatred Here," a solo work exploring the Civil Rights Movement through seven compelling characters.

Dr. Anne W. Smith

An Arts Member-led Forum program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

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Thomas Robert Simpson

Founder and Artistic Director, Afrosolo Theatre Company

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Mistress of Ceremony Monetta White

Executive Director and CEO, the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD)

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Robert Melton

Art Curator and Co-chair, Arts Member-led Forum, Commonwealth Club World Affairs of California—Co-host

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Dr. Anne W. Smith

Co-chair, Arts Member-Led Forum—Co-host