Sheila Johnson

Soprano Songstress

Chair, America's Promise Alliance

Helen-Hayes-Award-winning Performer

Mrs. Alma Powell

Founder/CEO, The Raben Group

Howard University Department of Theatre Arts

Presented in collaboration with the March On Washington Film Festival

NEWorks Voices of Inspiration

Founder/CEO, Salamander Hotels and Resorts

Aaron Broadus

Robert Raben

Monique Steele Griffith

Spoken Word Artist

Jazz Trumpeter


NBC-4 News Anchor

PHOTO CREDIT: Kadesh DuBose for NEWorks Productions

CBS-9 News Anchor

Messiah Ramkissoon

Stirring the Waters is a multimedia, music, dance, and spoken word project illuminating the Civil Rights Movement for new audiences.  It was first premiered on April 3, 2018 at The Embassy of France, Washington, D.C., to mark the 50th anniversary-eve of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nolan Williams, Jr., Music Director

Eric Ruffin, Director and Teaching Artist

Nova Payton

Andrea Roane

Pat Lawson Muse