The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights
Written by Yolanda Androzzo
Produced by Writers’ Theatre
Directed by Jimmy McDermott
Weaving together poetry, hip-hop and history, The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights is a touring one-woman show that follows a Chicago student's personal transformation as she learns about the Civil Rights Movement.
Using hip hip, poetry and history, this cross-cultural, multi-media performance interweaves personal interviews of Chicago-based Civil Rights Activists, and includes both celebrated and unsung heroes of the Movement.
In a tour-de-force performance, the solo performer gives voice to:
- Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles who was present when Dr. King was shot.
- Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs who founded the DuSable Museum of African American History.
- Reverend Jesse Jackson a longtime fighter for social justice.
- Puerto Rican poet and activist David Hernandez.
- And More!
In January-February 2013 the program celebrates its seventh tour! It has reached more than 35,000 students to date.
The MLK Project includes:
- A performance of the 45-minute play
- A post-show discussion where students are encouraged to explore the cultural and contemporary relevance of the Civil Rights Movement in their community
- A comprehensive Study Guide full of social justice-based activities, historical information, lesson plans, writing assignments and discussion questions--all of which adhere to the Common Core and Illinois State Learning Standards
- The MLK Project is appropriate for students in grades 4-12.
- Running time is approximately 60 minutes (post-show forum included).
- Performance requirements are minimal.
The MLK Project tours to schools in January and February each year. Performances are limited so call 847-242-6007 today to reserve your performance.
This year's tour is dedicated to Now is the time to ACT, a city-wide initiative inspiring Chicago's young people to make positive changes in their communities and stop youth violence and intolerance. For more information about the initiative, visit www.nowisthetimechicago.org
Photos of Caren Blackmore in The MLK Project by TCMcG Photography.