Signs of a New Day: The Z. Alexander Looby Story at Looby Theater 

Giant Among Us

Giant Among Us
There’s a library and theater named in his honor on Rosa Parks Blvd., but for those who have always wondered about Z. Alexander Looby’s importance to the city of Nashville, those questions are asked and answered in this production. A lawyer, teacher and political activist, Looby was a groundbreaker in representative city government, leading the way for other African Americans to serve as councilmen and councilwomen. He also made key contributions to the work of the NAACP. But Looby’s best-known role was probably serving as lead defense counsel for the group of black college students arrested during the Nashville lunch-counter sit-ins in the tempestuous, civil-rights-conscious days of 1960. Veteran writer/director Carolyn German is responsible for both script and staging, and her cast includes Joel Diggs in the title role along with Alicia Haymer. (P.S. The “Z” is for Zephaniah.)
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 22. Continues through Feb. 6, 2010

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