Doors: 6pm; Show: 7pm
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Student: $12 (Valid U of M-TC Student U Card required for entry)
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Staff and Faculty: $17 (Valid U of M-TC Staff U Card required for entry)
General Public: $22
Get your tickets here: http://www.northrop.umn.edu/events/laverne-cox
Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood
Laverne Cox explores how the intersections of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans women of color. Laverne draws from her own personal narrative to share how she has been able to navigate the world and all it’s challenges. From growing up in Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother in a Christian family, to attending college in New York City to pursue a career as an actress, to finally finding the courage to step into the womanhood she always knew at heart was her destiny, Cox tells the story of the unique challenges along her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance, and love.
Laverne Cox is an Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning producer who can be seen in the Netflix original series “Orange is The New Black” where she plays the ground-breaking role of Sophia Burset. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show.
In addition to her acting, Laverne is a renowned speaker and has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country. Her work as an advocate landed her a coveted spot as one of Glamour magazine’s 2014 Women of the Year. She is the recipient of the Dorian Rising Star Award for her work in “Orange is the New Black,” the Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project, The Community Leader Award from the LGBT Center of New York City, received the Reader’s Choice Award from “Out” Magazine, was named one of The Grio’s 100 Most Influential African Americans, was named one of the Top 50 Trans Icons by the Huffington Post, one of Out magazine’s Out 100, made the Ebony Power 100 and was ranked number 5 on the 2014 Root 100 list.