AT THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE
Due to a medical emergency, the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage did not get to debut the stage play “The Meeting”. It’s about the meeting of the minds between two of the most prominent names in the Civil Rights Movement. They had two totally different approaches but their ultimate goal for racial equality was the same. While it was timely to do during Black History Month the story is timeless.
So on Sunday, April 24th at 3:00 p.m. the Griot Players Series at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, (KCAAH) presents “The Meeting”. The play is by Jeff Stetson and directed by Baron Kelly. Admission is only $5 per person.
If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had met for an hour or so, what would they have found to say to each other? Jeff Stetson undertook to answer that question in this one-act play. The play sets the clock back to the year 1965, when a fictionalized meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and Malcolm X took place at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem, New York. One who believed in non-violence while the other believed in self-defense, the scenes in the play reveal the shared pain behind their very different philosophies to address racial inequality are very compelling.
Aukram Burton, Executive Director for KCAAH says “The playwright provides a fascinating premise in the “The Meeting.” The play imagines Martin Luther King visiting Malcolm X at the latter’s invitation in his Harlem hotel room in 1965, just days before Malcolm X’s murder and three years before an assassin’s bullet would kill Dr. King’s life. “The Meeting” is an important play that will provide an engrossing story about two great Black freedom fighters that remains relevant to audiences today. I encourage families and youth groups to see a piece of history”.
This program will be produced by the Kentucky Center African American Heritage in collaboration with the African American Theatre Program at the University of Louisville.
For additional information on “The Meeting” contact 502-583-4100.
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