Walk a little farther and you almost hear not only the voices of the luminaries of the past, but those of their neighbors: People going out for a night on the town. People dancing in the apartment next door. People just trying to make rent, any way they can.
The fluorescent overhead lights were still on in Collective Consciousness Theater, in Erector Square. Actor Terrence Riggins was seated at a desk on the set for The Mountaintop. Fellow actor Malia West was standing in front of him. Neither of them were in costume yet, and West had a decidedly anachronistic plastic water in her hand. But as soon as Riggins and West fell into character, running through a scene late in the play, their voices changed, taking on a stronger Southern accent. Their body language shifted. They became the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Camae, a maid at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. It was 1968, and it was King’s last night on earth, and in The Mountaintop, he was working on a speech.
Rev. Martin Luther King has long since passed into the history books, but his civil rights legacy remains on display in New Haven. See how much of it you can identify in the latest Elm City Crossword puzzle.
by Rev. Samuel T. Ross-Lee/ Inner-City News | Jan 16, 2017 8:03 am | Comments (4)
(Opinion) It’s that time of year again. The first real holiday of the new year. The recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. This holiday is not supposed to be a holiday in the sense of traditional holidays. According to the MLK devotees, King Day, as it is affectionately known, is not a “day off, but a day on.”
In January 1961, Martin Luther King declined an invitation from John F. Kennedy to attend his inauguration.
Two weeks, later, however, King was in communication with the new young president urging him to use executive orders, the moral suasion of the newly occupied bully pulpit, and whatever other means he had available to combat racial discrimination.
A panel of historians has given Yale a scholarly basis for renaming a residential college named after a leading slavery advocate if it chooses to— while stopping short of recommending that it actually do so.
For jazz musician and professor Willie Ruff, the Langston Hughes Projectshow on Friday — with spoken-word poet Kenyon Adams and the Ron McCurdy Quartet — echoes back to another time in his life in New Haven, when Langston Hughes himself came to town.