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The Content of Their Character 2020
January 12 @ 4:00 pm PST$15.00 – $25.00
The Content of Their Character 2020 is part of a two-event benefit for Highwaysthat also commemorates Dr. King’s birthday (1/15/1929) and the 60th Anniversary of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, founded in 1960).
The Content of Their Character 2020 is presented in two parts, with section directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Charles Burnett. The first is an enlightening and gripping spoken word performance by artist-activist & SNCC member, Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely, in her new original work, We Had Always Belonged: Freedom Fighting From Harlem to Georgia & Beyond…, that also includes accompaniment by acclaimed musicians Michael Lyde, and Oscar Thomas Garcia, along with esteemed vocalist, Lura Daniels-Ball.
In We Had Always Belonged, Preacely creatively shares stories and poetry not only about her early activism as a teen in 1950s Harlem fueled by her own family’s famed freedom fighters (including historic abolitionists-former slaves, William & Ellen Craft and legendary civil rights activist, William Monroe Trotter), but of her time with SNCC down in the segregated South trying to register voters denied their civil rights in the early ‘60s. Actually several of the poems she will perform were written while she was in various stints in jail for protesting against racism. In fact, Dr. King visited the Albany, Georgia jail, where she and other SNCC members were being held. Other iconic moments in the civil rights and human rights journey that Preacely will share, includes her participation in the history-making March on Washington and a trip to Russia, then the Soviet Union. She is the living embodiment of those who put their lives at risk to fight for our rights, only to find those same rights are now in jeopardy…
Part 2 is entitled, Tellin‘ Da Truf: A Time Capsule…Lest We Forget, which features two works works inspired by Dr. King from a collection written by J.M. Morris, a frequently invited artist to Highways.Also, directed by Burnett, the work ‘Fearless: A Portrait in History’ is an homage to Dr. King’s stance on moral courage, and stars April Grace (Joker, Berlin Station, Lost, Magnolia). The other work, ‘That Ain‘t Right,’ captures the reflections of an older freed slave and stars Kenya Williams (The Shield, Even Stevens), and is directed by Jonathan Burnett. Both works were part of original stage productions by Morris, that were also directed by Charles Burnett .
THE CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER 2020
Produced by: MoSamp Productions
We Had Always Belonged: Freedom Fighting From Harlem to Georgia & Beyond…
Directed by Charles Burnett
Poems written by: Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
Special material written by: Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely & J.M. Morris
Tellin‘ Da Truf: A Time Capsule…Lest We Forget
written by: J.M. Morris
Fearless: A Portrait in History directed by Charles Burnett
That Ain’t Right directed by Jonathan Burnett