Chicago: Free Theater on Martin Luther King Day – Jan 18

Looking for things to do in Chicago to celebrate MLK Day on January 18? Writers’ Theatre hosts a free performance of Chicago writer Yolanda Androzzo’s one-woman play “The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights” as part of the Chicagoland Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Am Shalom Synagogue, 840 Vernon Ave., in Glencoe. The performance is part of a Day of Service and Celebration which begins at 9 a.m. Following Monday’s performance, the production of “The MLK Project” will tour Chicago area schools. See writerstheater.org/mlkproject for more information.

Weaving together poetry, hip-hop and history, The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights is a touring one-woman show that follows a young girl’s search for truth and self-discovery through the American Civil Rights Movement.

This cross-cultural, multi-media performance interweaves personal interviews of Chicago-based Civil Rights Activists, and includes both the celebrated and unsung heroes of the Movement. In a tour-de-force performance, the solo performer gives voice to  Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles, founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Puerto Rican poet and activist David Hernandez–among others!

The MLK Project includes:

  • A performance of the 45-minute play
  • A post-show discussion where students are encouraged to explore the cultural and contemporary relevance of the Civil Rights Movement in their community
  • A comprehensive Teacher Guide full of activities, historical information, lesson plans, homework assignments, and discussion questions–all of which adhere to the Illinois State Learning Standards

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