Performance of an Excerpt from “Walk Together Children” about Sojourner Truth
Vinie Burrows performs a piece about Sojourner Truth in her one-woman show “Walk Together Children” (created from literature of Black poets, writers and composers, representing the emotionally charged history of the African American experience).
One of her various original one-woman shows “Walk Together Children” was first performed in 1968. When Burrows was performing in Amsterdam, she was moved by her ability to reach an audience whose first language is not English, and felt inspired to create her own material that is meaningful to her. Burrows has used her original one-woman shows to shed light on the African American experience and plight of women—both equally essential to her identity as an artist.
VINIE BURROWS is a native New Yorker born in Harlem Hospital. A child actor on radio she made her Broadway debut with Helen Hayes. Six more Broadway shows followed appearing with Mary Martin, Claude Rains, Ossie Davis, and Eartha Kitt, among others. Frustrated by the roles available to the actor of color, VINIE created and produced her first one woman show, WALK TOGETHER CHILDREN, a chronicle of the African American experience. The NY critics were unanimous, the New York TIMES called her "a magnificent performer." Morning TV talk shows introduced her to the college market. 6000 performances later with a repertoire of 8 solo shows, she toured three continents. She has been hailed as a “cultural ambassador” and honored at the United Nations. Actors’ Equity Association gave her their Paul Robeson Award; MIT their McDermott Award for her contribution to the Arts. A mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Vinie calls herself, a "cultural worker."