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Liberté d'expression/Free Speech: Performance and Talk: Noire By Tania de Montaigne

Part of Liberté d’expression, Free Speech and “Cancel Culture” 

Performance is Available Fri, Apr 23–Sun, Apr 25
Talk with Tania de Montaigne on Sat, April 24 at 5pm ET
Directed by Stéphane Foenkinos

On March 2, 1955, on the 2:30 p.m. bus, Claudette Colvin refused to give her seat to a white passenger. Despite threats, she remained seated. Thrown in jail, she decides to plead not guilty and to sue the city. No one before her had dared, and that day marked the beginning of a journey that would lead Claudette from struggle to oblivion. Based on Tania de Montaigne’s eponymous novel, Noire is the story of this 15-year-old heroine, still alive but forgotten. Noire is the portrait of a legendary city, where Martin Luther King, a 26-year-old pastor, and Rosa Parks, an unknown 40-year-old seamstress, crossed paths. Noire is the story of a fight that still goes on against racist violence and injustice.

On Saturday, April 24 at 5pm, Tania de Montaigne will present her creative process behind the performance of Noire and discuss what inspired her to bring the story of this little-known American heroine to a French stage.


Tania de Montaigne is a journalist, actress, and author of novels and essays including Noire la vie méconnue de Claudette Colvin (Grasset, 2015),  and L'Assignation. Les Noirs n'existent pas (Grasset,  2018).

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