Sailing to Freedom: The Legacy of Robert Smalls

Event date: Tuesday February 23, 2021

Event time: 10:00 am EST





Michael Boulware Moore was the Founding President/CEO of the International African American Museum. Located where almost half of all enslaved Africans took their first steps in America, the $125 million museum will give voice to the people who arrived there, to their struggles and pain, and to their perseverance and contributions - all in the making of America.  Michael is a seasoned business and community leader, board member, keynote speaker, and author.  He has experience leading both iconic global brands and smaller, more entrepreneurial companies.  Michael is a thought leader on brand strategy and consumer behavior, social justice, and African American history. He has degrees from Syracuse and Duke universities. Michael is married, the father of four sons, and lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Ronvé O’Daniel (music and lyrics) and Jevares Myrick’s (music and orchestrations) work have been produced at Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley New Works Festival, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony Residency at Goodspeed Theater, New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) as well as NYU Tisch School for the Arts. Their original musical, Greenwood, based off of the true events of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, was featured in the Musical Theatre Factory’s 4x15 showcase. Recently, Ronvé and Jevares were commissioned by Virginia Stage Company and Virginia Public Works to write The Earth Remembers, a full musical that will serve as both education and a celebration of the unique history of the Hampton Roads, Virginia community. They were also recently featured in the Letters to the President concert at New York City’s historical Great Hall to celebrate Cooper Union’s 160th anniversary. Their other work include: Beautiful Hair (City Springs Theatre Company), Once Upon a Rhyme (formally known as iLLA! A Hip Hop Musical), BAPS (Music and Lyrics for National Tour), as well as The New Girl, a children’s musical made in collaboration with Chicken Soup for the Soul Theater Series.