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Oh Freedom’ Drama at WSU-Vancouver

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

Commemorating the spiritual and the Underground Railroad

Wesley Williams II (left) and H. L. Wright II

The Washington State University Vancouver campus is celebrating Black History Month in February by creating space to honor the achievements, contributions and lived experiences of peoples of the African and Black diaspora.

The public is invited to join the campus community for a dramatic performance of “Oh Freedom: Commemorating the Spiritual and the Underground Railroad” on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Firstenburg Student Commons, Room 105. This event is free. RSVP at

“Oh Freedom” commemorates the powerful connection of the spiritual and the Underground Railroad through five dramatic movements. Carefully selected prose narratives from historical scholars, poems from specific time periods and spirituals that align with the text will give you the opportunity to commemorate the fusion of narrative and song to describe the evil, ugliness and authentic beauty of this significant time in U.S. and world history.

Wesley Williams II is the creator and producer of “Oh Freedom.” He performs with H.L. Wright II.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205.

Editor's note: The 'Oh Freedom" event is on Tuesday, Feb. 4. We apologize that an earlier version of this story had the wrong date.


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