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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Rise Up: Songs of the Women’s Movement

Airing on Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2)

Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m.

Explore the work of death penalty abolitionist Sister Helen Prejean in this production that also examines her life and influences.

In 1984, Sister Prejean watched as Patrick Sonnier died, strapped to Louisiana’s electric chair. The execution took place at a few minutes past midnight in Angola Prison in the state’s remote backwoods. It was an almost secret ritual, and Prejean realized that the public would never know the reality of capital punishment unless she spoke up.

Prejean wrote the best-selling book “Dead Man Walking” that ignited a debate about executions. The book was turned into an Oscar-winning movie, a play and one of the most-performed modern operas. In the end, this middle-class nun, who grew up in the Jim Crow South, ended up becoming the world’s most famous voice against the death penalty.

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