The University of Iowa
Step Afrika!, Stono
Courtesy of the New York Times
Online Event

ONLINE EVENT: Step Afrika!


Presented by
Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 7:00 pm

On September 9, 1739, the largest insurrection of enslaved Africans in North America began in South Carolina on the banks of the Stono River. Twenty Africans marched south toward a promised freedom in Spanish Florida, waving flags, beating drums, and shouting “Liberty!”

Step Afrika! commemorates this moment in American history and the 281st Anniversary of the Stono Rebellion with the world premiere of Stono.

The 30-minute premiere is followed by a panel discussion about the work itself, the history behind it, and the ongoing work for social justice. Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague was among the panelists to provide his perspective.

The panel was be moderated by Lesli Foster (Evening Anchor, WUSA)  and included C. Brian Williams (Founder and Executive Director, Step Afrika!); Dr. Aimee Meredith Cox (Associate Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies, Yale University); and Kendall Thomas (Nash Professor of Law, Columbia University Law School).

Hancher is honored to be the lead commissioner of Stono, which launches an extended collaboration with Step Afrika! that will include a variety of online projects and culminate in a performance of Drumfolk at Hancher Auditorium in 2021.

This online event is supported by our 2020-22 Hancher Partners.

The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Residency Events

Open to the Public
Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 7:00 pm

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