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Val Gray Ward

Val Gray Ward is an activist, actress, producer, director and lecturer who has contributed to the cultural lives of Chicago and America.

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 Val Gray Ward Biography

Val Gray Ward, actress, producer, cultural activist and internationally known theater personality, was born on August 21, 1932, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, America's oldest all-black town. As the daughter of a successful minister, Ward showed an early interest in performance. She eagerly read poems and did readings for her father's congregation and won various oratorical competitions in school. Above all, she was keenly interested in African American literature.

After graduating from Mound Bayou High School in 1950, Ward dreamed of going to college. Instead, she moved to Chicago in 1951, got married and became a mother to five children. When the marriage failed, Ward went back to school and became active in Chicago's African American cultural activities. She was a regular at the South Side Community Arts Center and the DuSable Museum of African American History as she developed friendships with Margaret Burroughs, Gwendolyn Brooks, Haki R. Madhubuti and Abena Joan Brown.

In 1965, Gray met and married journalist Francis Ward as she continued to make a name for herself as an actress, television host and cultural consultant. Ward was recognized as part of Chicago's activist Black Arts Movement. In this context, she founded the nonprofit Kuumba Theatre in 1968 and was dedicated to the revitalization of the black community through the arts.

With Kuumba, Ward has produced and directed such plays as The Amen Corner by James Baldwin, Welcome To Black River by Samm Art Williams, and Five On The Black Hand Side by Charles Fuller. Touring has also been important. Ward took the cast and crew of Useni Eugene Perkins' play, The Image Makers to Lagos, Nigeria, as part of the FESTAC '77, an international African arts festival. Ward brought Kuumba's musical production, The Little Dreamer: The Life of Bessie Smith to Japan in 1981 and produced Buddy Butler's In The House of The Blues in Montreal. Ward and the company received Emmy Awards for the PBS television production of Precious Memories: Strolling 47th Street in 1988.

When she is not producing, Ward performs one-woman shows in the United States and abroad. Performances include Harriet Tubman by Francis Ward, Sister Sonji by Sonia Sanchez and I Am A Black Woman, which includes the poetry of Mari Evans.

Over the years, Ward has provided opportunities in the arts for hundreds of inner-city youth and adults. All five of her children have been active in theater. Ward currently lives in Syracuse, New York.

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Val Gray Ward

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Val Gray Ward Biography

Val Gray Ward, actress, producer, cultural activist and internationally known theater personality, was born on August 21, 1932, in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, America's oldest all-black town. As the daughter of a successful minister, Ward showed an early interest in performance. She eagerly read poems and did readings for her father's congregation and won various oratorical competitions in school. Above all, she was keenly interested in African American literature.

After graduating from Mound Bayou High School in 1950, Ward dreamed of going to college. Instead, she moved to Chicago in 1951, got married and became a mother to five children. When the marriage failed, Ward went back to school and became active in Chicago's African American cultural activities. She was a regular at the South Side Community Arts Center and the DuSable Museum of African American History as she developed friendships with Margaret Burroughs, Gwendolyn Brooks, Haki R. Madhubuti and Abena Joan Brown.

In 1965, Gray met and married journalist Francis Ward as she continued to make a name for herself as an actress, television host and cultural consultant. Ward was recognized as part of Chicago's activist Black Arts Movement. In this context, she founded the nonprofit Kuumba Theatre in 1968 and was dedicated to the revitalization of the black community through the arts.

With Kuumba, Ward has produced and directed such plays as The Amen Corner by James Baldwin, Welcome To Black River by Samm Art Williams, and Five On The Black Hand Side by Charles Fuller. Touring has also been important. Ward took the cast and crew of Useni Eugene Perkins' play, The Image Makers to Lagos, Nigeria, as part of the FESTAC '77, an international African arts festival. Ward brought Kuumba's musical production, The Little Dreamer: The Life of Bessie Smith to Japan in 1981 and produced Buddy Butler's In The House of The Blues in Montreal. Ward and the company received Emmy Awards for the PBS television production of Precious Memories: Strolling 47th Street in 1988.

When she is not producing, Ward performs one-woman shows in the United States and abroad. Performances include Harriet Tubman by Francis Ward, Sister Sonji by Sonia Sanchez and I Am A Black Woman, which includes the poetry of Mari Evans.

Over the years, Ward has provided opportunities in the arts for hundreds of inner-city youth and adults. All five of her children have been active in theater. Ward currently lives in Syracuse, New York.

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  • How to book Val Gray Ward?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Val Gray Ward for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Val Gray Ward, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Val Gray Ward or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Val Gray Ward?

    Booking fees for Val Gray Ward, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Val Gray Ward, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Val Gray Ward?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Val Gray Ward for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Val Gray Ward for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Val Gray Ward or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Val Gray Ward or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Val Gray Ward is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Val Gray Ward for your event is available upon request. Val Gray Ward generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Liz Meriwether, Caitlin FitzGerald, Nicole Kidman, Megan Duffy and Amber Benson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Val Gray Ward for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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