Local youth take prince’s story on road to Jackson

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 21, 2019


NATCHEZ — A prince is traveling to Jackson this Sunday — or at least a group of local performers portraying his story will be.

InSpire2Shine, a nonprofit organization aiming to inspire young women to succeed, has partnered with the Miss-Lou Heritage Group and Tours to tell the story of a West African nobleman, Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori, who was enslaved for nearly 40 years in Natchez before he was released in 1828.

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Jeremy Houston, the director of Miss-Lou Heritage Group, said the young performers would travel to the Mississippi Art Center at 201 E. Pascagoula St., in Jackson this Sunday for the show, titled “A Way Past Struggles,” featuring Randy Minor as the prince and Shabilla Minor as his beloved Isabella.

The show starts at 4 p.m. Sunday, Houston said, and is free and open to the public.

The same story, created in 2017, has been shared in both Natchez and in Dallas last year, Houston said.

“The response to the story has been excellent,” he said, “People love it. … The story of this prince and his struggles teaches us how to show character, patience and perseverance. … It shows three principles that we should try to apply to our everyday lives.”