Arkansas State University-Newport’s Concert/Lecture Series continues Feb. 26 when Core Ensemble’s Ain’t I a Woman! takes the stage at the ASUN Center for the Arts.  Presented to coincide with ASUN’s observances of Black History Month, the Tuesday performance is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Ain’t I a Woman! celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter, and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African Americans. Ain’t I a Woman! is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of  four passionate and accomplished women.  Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured in every region of the United States and internationally to Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, and the British Virgin Islands. The Concert-Lecture Series, presented by Arkansas Steel and Associates, will wrap up April 5 with a performance by Posey Hill.  Built around the trio of Doug Burnett and his two oldest daughters, Kristian and Erin, Posey Hill is a fine Americana blend of Arkansas bluegrass, old time and contemporary folk. Arkansas State University-Newport is a degree granting community college with campuses in Jonesboro, Marked Tree and Newport, Arkansas.  It is a part of the Arkansas State University System.  For more information about what is going on at ASU-Newport, visit us on our Facebook page, where you will find news and photos highlighting achievements and events at all three campuses.  Follow us on Twitter at @ASUNewport for quick information about what is going on at ASUN.