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  • Vivian Phillips

LET THE STRINGS SPEAK AFRICA

A big shout out to Let the Strings Speak, returning live after two years of virtual performance due to the pandemic. The live musical event takes place on Saturday, August 6th, at 2 PM at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. This year, the focus is Let the Strings Speak Africa – Life After Covid.


Lesa Terry and Mona Terry of Let the Strings Speak, courtesy of website

Let the Strings Speak is the brainchild of Dr. Maxine Mimms, affectionately known globally as Mother Mimms. She is the founder of the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus and has been an educator since 1950. Some readers, myself included, reaped the benefits of her early presence in the Seattle education system as the epitome of Black womanhood. She continues to lift us, as she is still an ever-present figure throughout the region. Her founding of Let the Strings Speak is an illustration of her love for and commitment to the true meaning of Black excellence.

Dr. Maxine Mimms speaks at The Evergreen State College in 2016. TESC

Six years ago, Dr. Mimms created this community concert as a way to integrate music, intergenerational connectivity, and healing. Their mission is "to transform community by educating, inspiring, and mobilizing through the restorative vibration of string instruments; the experience liberates and lifts the spirit." This year's Musical Director is the phenomenal Josephine Howell along with a dream team of amazing women. Aside from the annual performance, Let the Strings Speak also seeds mentoring and skills development opportunities for young artists.


For a unique and enriching musical experience, mark your calendars and get your tickets early.