'Richmond Renaissance' Highlights City's Rich Cultural Heritage

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The cast members of Richmond Renaissance, a production of RYSE Center. (Photo: Agana Espinoza for RYSE Youth Center)

The Ryse Center's upcoming production of “Richmond Renaissance” brings to life one of the legendary blues clubs or "juke joints" that thrived in north Richmond during the 1940s. The play explores the cultural scene that grew alongside the shipyards that famously built America's fleet of WWII Liberty ships. In this segment, we'll talk to two of the show's young producers and a historian about the city’s early economic prosperity and rich cultural heritage.

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Nyabingha Zianni, studio manager, Ryse Center; lead cast member in "Richmond Renaissance"

Deandre Evans, performing arts assistant, Ryse Center; lead playwright and cast member for "Richmond Renaissance"

Shirley Moore, professor of history (emerita), California State University, Sacramento; author, "To Place Our Deeds: The African American Community in Richmond, California, 1910-1963”