Tuesday, January 29, 2008

S~NLG presents
as readers theatre
"I've Been to the Mountaintop"
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

directed by Fannie Belle Lebby

musical accompaniment by Dennis Lebby

The performance featured Antoinette Crayton, Chris Hayden,
D. Morrowloving, and Bush Ra.
All photographs from rehearsals and performance are by Wilma Potts.

Yari Yari Writers participated in
In addition to representing the April 3, 1968, Memphis audience,
Yari Yari Writers recited their poetry following
the presentation of "I've Been to the Mountaintop."

About 50 people attended the performance of Dr. Martin Luther King's last speech ("I've Been to the Mountaintop") as readers theatre at the Julia Davis Branch Library in St. Louis on Sunday, January 27. Writes Marie Chewe-Elliott, "Debra, The performance was phenomenal.It was inspirational to revisit the themes of unity and economic boycotts and realize how relevant they still are to our community. I meant it when I said the show should tour. My family members loved it because it provided us another 'teaching moment' with our children."

Wilma Potts delivered a powerful "Marching with the White Folks" to close the program. Ms. Potts' photographs from BEYOND THE DREAM TO THE MOUNTAINTOP are above and below.

Asante to all who attended and those who helped promote the Sisters~Nineties program BEYOND THE DREAM TO THE MOUNTAINTOP.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Sisters~Nineties Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King delivered his last speech on April 3, 1968. He spoke in support of the Memphis sanitation workers who were on strike. In his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" oration, Dr. King emphasized the necessity of unity among the Black people of Memphis. He called for cooperative economics and named the companies from which people of Afrikan descent should withdraw patronage.

Come out to hear the nationalistic concepts of Dr. King as members of Sisters~Nineties present "I've Been to the Mountaintop." This is the speech for which Dr. King should be best remembered.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated the day following his delivery of "I've Been to the Mountaintop."