Sheila Johnson

Soprano Songstress

Robert Raben

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

Monique Steele Griffith

Spoken Word Artist

Eric Ruffin, Director and Teaching Artist

Jazz Trumpeter


Chair, America's Promise Alliance

NBC-4 News Anchor

Nova Payton

Andrea Roane

PHOTO CREDIT: Kadesh DuBose for NEWorks Productions

Helen-Hayes-Award-winning Performer

Mrs. Alma Powell

Pat Lawson Muse

CBS-9 News Anchor

Messiah Ramkissoon

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