Overture with the Arts (OWTA) presents “Triple AAA” (Artists, Athletes & Activism): A presentation that highlights the intersection of protest and popular culture in celebration of Black History Month. While the entertainment industry is often relegated to a form of frivolous distraction, history has always presented us with those who use their mainstream platforms to speak truth to power at the risk of endorsements, personal safety and popularity. Contemporary examples include former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf before him, rapper Kendrick Lamar, and actor Jesse Williams. Muhhamad Ali famously went to jail in protest of the Vietnam War. Men like superstar athlete, actor and singer Paul Robeson and the late great Dick Gregory dedicated their lives to advocating for equal rights. Same goes for brave women such as Nina Simone, Lorraine Hansberry and Ruby Dee. OWTA’s 2018 presentation will focus on the work of selected “Triple A” African Canadian public figures including Mary Ann Shad of Windsor, Ontario, Oscar Peterson of Montreal, Quebec and Rosemary Brown of Vancouver, British-Columbia.