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In observance of Black History Month, Vision Community Theatre Group will present, “Voices: The Struggles, The Faith, The Hope” on Saturday.

The stage play, written and directed by Toshika Johnson Smith and Johnnie “Jahni’ Evans, is a composition of stories that weave the story of African-American experiences from Africa to America.

Contributing writers Tristen Alexandra Jones and Desiree Bartlett, along with poetry written by Angela Vick, further enhance and help the stories unfold.

The cast of actors will provide a glimpse into African-American history, exploring the struggles, the faith the hope and the triumphs through drama, monologues, music and dance, Smith said.

There will be one performance at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Save-A-Youth Center auditorium (the former Adams School) at 639 Walnut St. Doors will open at 5:30.

There will also be a book signing with poet Angela Vick, author of “Compassion in God’s Love: The People, The Experiences, The Moments in Time.”

Tickets are $12 in advance and are available at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center box office, 108 Nash St., open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets can also be purchased online through Evenbrite.com until midnight on Friday. All tickets will be $15 on the day of the show. For group rates or additional information, call 252-220-0797.

Attendees are asked to donate a nonperishable food item for the St. John AME Zion Church food pantry.

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