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Emmy award winner Sheryl Lee Ralph joins N.C. A&T for town & gown celebration

Staff reports / April 27, 2023

Emmy Award-winning star of ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” singer, producer and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph will join North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and community friends for their second Town & Gown celebration Friday, April 28.

Students will have the opportunity to spend an Evening with Sheryl Lee Ralph as she discusses her life, career and new book, “DIVA 2.0: 12 Life Lessons From Me For You.” Ralph will also hold masterclass sessions with music and theatre students, discussing acting and vocal techniques.

In addition, Ralph will be the invited guest of honor at an invitation-only dinner, which will be followed by a “Dreamgirls” performance by N.C. A&T theatre students.

A&T’s Town & Gown celebration was formed to identify and celebrate the arts and the relationship between the university and the surrounding Piedmont Triad community, which A&T has served for more than 130 years. The event provides an opportunity to showcase the artistic talents of A&T students while bringing to campus university constituents and supporters, including business leaders, elected officials and prominent community members. The presenting sponsor of this year’s event is Google.

Ralph is a staple in the entertainment industry, with an acclaimed career spanning three decades. Her background includes bringing characters to life on screen, performing on Broadway, producing, landing the title of national best-selling author and engaging in deeply-rooted philanthropic endeavors. In addition to winning an Emmy, she has been recognized as a Tony Award nominee, NAACP Image Award nominee and Independent Spirit Award winner.

Ralph shines on the hit ABC comedy series, “Abbott Elementary” as Barbara, a longtime and respected teacher. She is also known for her role as Dee Mitchell, starring in more than 100 episodes of “Moesha” opposite Grammy Award winner Brandy.

In theatre, Ralph is acclaimed for her award-winning work, creating the role of Deena Jones in the legendary Broadway musical “Dreamgirls,” which earned her Best Actress nods for Tony and Drama Desk Awards.


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