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Bringing History to Life

February 13, 2017 by Las Vegas Black Image Magazine  
Filed under Extra

Kim Russell brings a “Life-Time” of passion to the stage.

Kim Russell

Writer, actress, and producer Kim Russell has had a longstanding partnership with the Clark County Libraries. Her goal is to keep American history alive in Las Vegas for generations to come. Her latest creative contribution, along with writer/director Kent Jackman, is the stage production “Life-Time.”

“I get to co-produce the play, ‘Life-Time,’ which was written by Kent Jackman from New York,” said Russell. “We are producing the play for three Clark County Libraries this February in celebration of Black History Month.”

Jackman is admired nationwide for the eye for history that shines through in his work. “Life-Time” is sure to stir conversations on the communal struggles and sacrifices of all Americans, particularly African-Americans. His play puts historical figures in conversation with modern figures. Imagine a dialogue between a Confederate soldier and the murdered Eric Garner. “It will be conscience-provoking for all,” according to Russell.

Russell’s one-woman stage portrayal of Sojourner Truth is always a highlight during Black History Month. “I currently do my one-woman play on Sojourner Truth in Clark County Schools,” she says. “It is remarkable that some of today’s struggles are strikingly similar to what Sojourner dealt with in the 1800s.”

Noted as a thought-provoking writer, Russell has also chronicled her parents’ love story in the book “Tuskegee Love Letters.”

“‘Tuskegee Love Letters’ is a collection of love letters that my parents wrote to one another in 1939,” she explained. “My dad was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, and he was the twelfth man to complete the pilot program in Tuskegee, Alabama. He went on to serve the United States Air Force for 20-plus years. After his retirement from the Air Force, he went on to become the second African-American air traffic controller for the FAA. ‘Tuskegee Love Letters’ is also a stage play and has been read and performed all over the country.”

For additional information, email Kim Russell at Kimrussell@earthlink.net.

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