April C. Turner
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Limestone College will host April C. Turner for a performance of her original production "Promised Land."
The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Monday, January 21st, in the College's Fullerton Auditorium at 11:00 a.m. A second performance for Cherokee County eighth graders only will be held in the auditorium on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.
Turner, a veteran actress of made-for-television movies and feature films, will portray a host of historical African American women who have impacted American society. "The performance at Limestone will be a hybrid-theatrical piece rather than a lecture," said the actress from her Charlotte, NC home. "The audience and I together will celebrate the triumphs and traumas of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Myrlie Evers; the achievements of dance pioneer Pearl Primus and astronaut Mae Jamison."
Turner says that education is the central theme to the performance. "All of the women portrayed in the show were huge believers in the power of education," she said. "We may look back on their achievements and think that similar ones are out of our reach but it's the power of education that brings those goals within reach."
As an actress, Turner has had supporting roles in the made-for-TV movies, Ditch Digger's Daughters, The Perfect Daughter, Her Deadly Rival, Stephen King's The Night Flier and Texas Cadet Murders among several others. She co-starred in the major motion picture, Other Voices, Other Rooms and was featured on the hit NBC drama, ER, in an episode titled "Middle of Nowhere." She also had roles on the hit teen drama, One Tree Hill and the science fiction drama, Surface, for NBC.
She has also successfully produced stage productions that have been warmly received from New Jersey to Florida to Oklahoma. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Mahogany Dime Award for Excellence in the Arts in North Carolina and the PEARL Award for Outstanding contribution to the Arts.