An Afternoon of Music and Storytelling with Miss Connie “B” Steadman
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Katelyn Ander, (919) 962-2559
A performance on March 28 by “Miss Connie ‘B’” Steadman will feature interactive, old-fashioned storytelling and the sounds of jubilee, hymns, and spiritual traditions. The free public program will begin at 2 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of the Wilson Special Collections Library.
Connie Badgett Steadman learned traditional African American gospel singing from her father, Cortelyou Badgett. She began performing with The Badgett Family, a group her father formed, when she was five years old. The Badgett Family later became The Badgett Sisters, featuring Connie and her sisters Cleonia and Celester.
The Badgett Sisters was a mainstay of North Carolina’s Black Folk Heritage Tour, and in 1990 received the North Carolina Arts Council Folk Heritage Award. The group’s recorded collections include Give Me Wings, Just a Little While To Stay Here, and The Voice That Refused To Die.
Miss Connie “B” carries on the family tradition in a solo act that incorporates audience participation and feedback.
The program is part of the series “Exploring Diversity Through the Cultural and Performing Arts,” sponsored by the University Library Diversity Committee, with assistance from the UNC Performing Arts and Special Activities Fund.