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Athens State University to Sponsor Performance of Letter From Birmingham Jail


Joins Alabama’s Fifty Show Tour in Conjunction with Major Civil Rights Commemoration Activities

August 28, 2013

Athens, ALA. – Athens State University’s Livingston Concert Lecture Series has partnered with the award-winning Red Mountain Theatre Company to perform their dramatic interpretation of the Letter From Birmingham Jail. The play is scheduled to take place at the Princess Theater in Decatur on Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public on a first-come, first-served seating basis. The performance is unique because of the inclusion of local civic and business leaders who will read portions of the play.

In 1963, eight white clergyman from a variety of denominations in the Birmingham area wrote a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King admonishing him to allow local laws to deliver justice to Blacks suffering a variety of injustices at the time. On April 16, 1963, Dr. King responded to the clergy letter with a powerful, eloquent response which has become required reading in high schools and universities ever since.

“We are sponsoring this performance because we believe our children and our community should see Mr. Washington’s riveting performance and should also be reminded that correcting injustice is always important and urgent, ” said Athens State President Bob Glenn.

The central character in the play, Dr. King, is being portrayed by Red Mountain Theatre Company principal actor, Mr. Cecil Washington. The local community participants, reading the parts of clergymen are Bill Briscoe, John Bush, Ellis Chenault, Joel Denbo, Kevin Dupre, Bob Glenn, Hugh Long, and Robby White.

 



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