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THE DREAMERS - "Resurrection City" by UCLA Alum Christina Harley
Wed, October 19, 2016, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM PDT
*Terrific news for PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WATCHERS!!*
We are having a Debate Viewing Party prior to the reading of THE DREAMERS - RESURRECTION CITY in the James West Alumni Center Wednesday, October 19th at 6pm . BYO-food, drink…we supply the cookies and coffee.
Then join us for the FREE reading at 7:30pm.
Great cast! Great Guest Speakers!
We welcome Rick Tuttle, SNCC Freedom Fighter and UCLA Alum; and Dr. Anthony A. Samad, Professor of Political Science/African-American Studies.
A FREE “Special Reading” of THE DREAMERS - "Resurrection City" by UCLA Alum Christina Harley to be held at UCLA's James West Alumni Center
(Westwood, CA---) On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7:30pm, join us in commemorating the anniversary of The Poor People’s Campaign of 1968 with a free reading of Christina Harley’s award-winning play: THE DREAMERS - “Resurrection City."
Rick Tuttle, Instructor of Public Policy/SNCC Civil Rights Fighter; and Dr. Anthony A. Samad, author, and ELAC Professor of Political Science/African-American Studies, will share opening thoughts about this historic movement as well as the construction of Resurrection City.
ABOUT THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN:
“Few people are aware of the new measure that Dr. King was beginning at the time of his assassination, called The Poor People's Campaign,” says Lloyd Clayton, Executive Director of the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum.
Instead of focusing on Civil Rights, The Poor People’s Campaign shined a harsh light on the economic injustices of our nation's poor, and included all people of all races. The crusade’s primary component was a pilgrimage to the National Mall in Washington DC, which became a 3000-resident shanty town that was termed “Resurrection City.” This camp greatly resembled the "Occupy" movement of today.
ABOUT THE PLAY:
THE DREAMERS - “Resurrection City” centers on a poor African-American family in a small community on the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee, and begins on April 4, 1968, the day Dr. King is assassinated. Each character of this multi-ethnic cast is confronted with identifying the “Dream” for themselves that Dr. King, Cesar Chavez, and Rabbi Heschel so embraced.
For her work on the play, Ms. Harley was the recipient of the Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Lorraine Hansberry Best Writing of an Original Play Award, and the Ira Aldridge Play of the Year Award.