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Durham County Library Hosts the Theatrical Performance: The Men in Me

Program: Anita Woodley’s The Men in Me
Date: Sunday, September 15
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host playwright and actress Anita Woodley for a multimedia, theatrical performance of The Men in Me at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro.

Inspired by Woodley’s own life, The Men in Me is about the men in her family and their fight to overcome desperate circumstances in the Oakland projects. This one-woman show tells the stories of men – young and old, straight and gay, liberated and incarcerated – who hunger to grow beyond bleak circumstances and dismal statistics, and it shows how the paths they chose helped shape Woodley into the woman she is today. The show features live bass guitar and original social justice poetry.

Woodley is an award-winning actress, journalist, writer and producer based in Chapel Hill. For the last three years, she has used her celebrated first play Mama Juggs to raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer and to fundraise for services that aid breast cancer survivors. In 2010, after tracing her maternal roots to the Tikar people of central Africa, she brought Mama Juggs across the Atlantic and became the first person in her family to reconnect with her ancestral tribe. Woodley brought Mama Juggs to the library last October.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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