Eric Ruffin, Director and Teaching Artist

Jazz Trumpeter


Nova Payton

Andrea Roane

Mrs. Alma Powell

CBS-9 News Anchor

Messiah Ramkissoon

Howard University Department of Theatre Arts

NEWorks Voices of Inspiration

Founder/CEO, Salamander Hotels and Resorts

Aaron Broadus

Robert Raben

Monique Steele Griffith

Spoken Word Artist

Chair, America's Promise Alliance

NBC-4 News Anchor

Helen-Hayes-Award-winning Performer

Pat Lawson Muse

Founder/CEO, The Raben Group

Presented in collaboration with the March On Washington Film Festival

PHOTO CREDIT: Kadesh DuBose for NEWorks Productions

Sheila Johnson

Soprano Songstress

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