Free performance to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 20 at The Chicago History Museum

January 14, 2014
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Writers Theatre presents

The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights

By Yolanda Androzzo

Directed by Jimmy McDermott


Writers Theatre opens its 8th annual tour of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights, written by Yolanda Androzzo, directed by Jimmy McDermott and featuring Caren Blackmore. A special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day public performance will take place at 10am on January 20 at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark Street in Chicago. The kickoff event also includes a spoken word performance by Writers Theatre Youth Council Member Ireon Roach and a post-show community discussion. The event is free and open to the public, and audience members will also receive free museum admission for the remainder of the day.

Weaving together poetry, hip hop and history, The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights is a one-woman show that follows Alaya (Caren Blackmore), a student in search of truth and self-discovery, as she researches the American Civil Rights Movement.

Seen by more than 40,000 students, this dynamic, cross-cultural, multi-media performance interlaces personal interviews of Chicago-based Civil Rights activists, featuring both the celebrated and unsung heroes of the Movement such as Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles, Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs – founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Puerto Rican poet and activist David Hernandez, among others.

The 2014 production will tour to more than 40 venues during its 6-week run, including Chicago Public Schools, community centers, and juvenile detention centers, in addition to a week-long run at Theatre at the Center in Indiana. All performances include a post-show discussion and study guides with wrap-around curriculum.

Title: The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights

By: Yolanda Androzzo

Directed by: Jimmy McDermott

Featuring: Caren Blackmore as Alaya

Public performance: January 20, 2014 at 10am

Location: Chicago History Museum

1601 N Clark Street in Chicago

Prices: Free

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