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“Children of Blue Waters”

February 11, 2017

Performances at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Children of Blue Waters is a multimedia performance-art piece featuring Master Storyteller Mendel Denise Williams. It focuses on Caribbean people in the United States and their roles in the African-American Diaspora. Mendel tells the lesser-known story of the Windrush, a ship that brought the first wave of Caribbean immigrants to England. She skillfully uses family and personal stories to give a deeper overview of the life of ordinary people. Mendel links stories with folktales, history, and the voyages common to all—crossing many oceans.

Mendel is a master storyteller. Her stories are about the rich cultural landscape of people who came for a better life and the legacy yet to be seen, yet to be heard, and still to be valued. Her storytelling is about their dreams, contributions, successes, and struggles. Mendel sheds light on the lives of the human beings behind the labels and beyond limiting definitions of blackness, black history, and culture in the United States.


February 11, 2017


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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