‘Go, Granny D!’ at Camden library

Mar 27, 2014
Barbara Bates Smith pays tribute to an inspirational American in “Go, Granny D!”

Camden — In 2000, a 90-year-old grandmother who marched 3,200 miles across America in 2000 to push for campaign finance reform, precipitating the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act. Doris “Granny D” Haddock continued her bipartisan reform efforts in countrywide voter registration drives, issuing her final challenge in 2010 at age 100: “Democracy is a running game. You huddle and you go back in. You keep going.”

“Go, Granny D!” is a one-woman play performed by Barbara Bates Smith in keeping with the spirit of the original Granny D, accompanied by musician Jeff Sebens. It will be presented Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library. Admission is free.

Noted for her Off-Broadway adaptation and performance of “Ivy Rowe” from Lee Smith’s “Fair and Tender Ladies,” Barbara Lee has toured for more than 20 years with the works of Lee Smith. She has been active in the NAACP’s Moral Monday reform movement in North Carolina, even as an arrestee, in the spirit of Granny D’s efforts to reclaim our democracy. For a decade, Sebens has accompanied her shows with a variety of instruments including hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, guitar and banjo.

For more information, call the library at 236-3440.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

The late Doris “Granny D” was known for, among other things, proclaiming, “You’re never too old to raise a little hell!”
Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.