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Special Event: Permission to Be Free

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Join Sheila Arnold on an extraordinary storytelling journey as she invites you to embrace the power of hope, resilience, and the unyielding desire for freedom. Give yourself permission to be moved, inspired, and ultimately, free.  


Through Permission to Be Free: A Juneteenth Story, Sheila takes on the roles of a husband and wife from Galveston, Texas, in a poignant portrayal of their journey toward freedom. 


Through her mesmerizing performance, Sheila brings to life the emotional highs and lows of the couple's experience as they discover the possibility of liberation for the first time. From the depths of uncertainty to the jubilation of newfound hope, audiences will be transported to the heart of Galveston as they witness the transformative power of resilience and determination. 


Amidst the narrative twists and turns, audiences are treated to a powerful moment of resolve as the husband declares, "If we are free in a year, we celebrate." It's a testament to the unwavering spirit of hope and resilience that defines their journey through such tumultuous times and inspires all who hear their story. 


"Permission to Be Free" is more than just a storytelling program; it's an invitation to reflect on the enduring quest for freedom and justice, to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, and to honor the unsung heroes who pave the way for a brighter tomorrow. 

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Special Event: Permission to Be Free

Hennage Auditorium

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