Writers Theatre Education will host an on-site performance of the wildly popular, touring production of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights by Yolanda Androzzo! The MLK Project promotes civic responsibility and social justice through dialogue and discussion. To date, the show has reached over 70,000 young people across Chicagoland.
The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights
Written by Yolanda Androzzo
Directed by Tyrone Phillips
Featuring Jennifer Latimore (The Importance of Being Earnest)
The MLK Project is a one-woman show that follows a Chicago student’s personal transformation through studying the Civil Rights Movement. Alaya uses her fists as an outlet for anger, but after interviewing local heroes of the Movement she discovers she can put “anger into action” and that her power is in her voice and her hip hop, not violence. Weaving together real interviews, poetry, hip-hop, history and multimedia projections the performance features stories of both celebrated and unsung Chicago-based Civil Rights Activists. In a tour-de-force performance the actress portrays:
- Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles who was present on the evening Dr. King was killed
- Poet and Artist Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs who founded the DuSable Museum of African American History
- Reverend Jesse Jackson, longtime fighter for social justice
- Puerto Rican poet and activist David Hernandez
- And More!