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Greensboro Public Library Sponsors Play on Native American Issues | Literature

GREENSBORO, NC (December 1, 2021) – The Greensboro Public Library is celebrating Native American author Tommy Orange when the One City community reads, One Book this year. As part of the One City, One Book lineup, the library features a play by local playwright Patsy Hawkins. Dragonfly daughters is free and open to the public at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 5 at the Greensboro History Museum, 130 Summit Ave. Registration is required by e-mailing Ronald Headen or call 336-412-6199.

The play is set in 2007 at a family’s beach house in Cape San Blas, Florida. Aderine and Sethalene went there to sort out their late mother’s affairs. The sisters find out the house has been left with someone they don’t know, Naomi Locklear, a Lumbee Indian from Pembroke, North Carolina. Ultimately, the sisters face a reassessment of their past relationships with the woman they knew as a mother.

With a large concentration of Lumbee Indians, Robeson County encompasses an area and people that many southerners are unfamiliar with. This piece opens a window into the racial issues the Lumbee have faced in the past and present. Dragonfly daughters is a story that encompasses the universal need for forgiveness and acceptance and the magnificent capacity of the human spirit to meet this challenge.

Playwright Patsy Hawkins graduated from East Carolina College (University) in 1966 with a degree in English. She taught high school English, GED classes, and acting classes. Patsy is a registered member of the Lumbee Indians of Robeson County, North Carolina.

Celebrating Greensboro’s rich literary heritage, the Greensboro Public Library, along with the Greensboro Public Library Foundation and a host of community partners, sponsors the One City community, One Book read every two years. Dragonfly daughters is free and open to the public. For more information on Library events and resources, visit: www.greensborolibrary.org.

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