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Ashley Templeton – Undergraduate Initiatives Intern ‘13

Layla Quran – Archives Intern ‘13

With the passing of the 50 “I Have A Dream” speech on August 28 some have found ways to commemorate the man, the dream, and the fight for civil rights in the 1960s. Playmakers Repertory Company is presenting a poignant play called “The Mountaintop”,  until October 6th that brings the audience into Martin Luther King Jr.’s hotel room at the Lorraine Motel the night before he was assassinated. It portrays a raw look at Dr. King’s last day and last thoughts in a captivating way, showing the darker introspection that may have accompanied the icon as worked for civil rights and justice.

The tickets are $15 and the play will be performed in the Paul Green Theater in UNC’s Department for Dramatic Art on Country Club

Martin Luther King, Jr
Martin Luther King, Jr

Road. For more information on play times and ticket purchase, please visit www.playmakersrep.org. This is a great opportunity to engage with this important time in history on campus right now, as it gives a new voice to a man whose public voice has been remembered and celebrated. To hear a host of less public voices from the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s, please click below to hear the real voices and stories of people who fought for the same dream of equality. Though they may not have been great orators or known on a national level, they too spent their lives contributing to the Civil Rights Movement – Oral history has helped document these peoples’ experiences so that their stories can be shared with people like you, and for generations to come.

People like Mr. Kenneth Adams, about the Savannah Herald, his family’s newspapers and what it was like growing up black in Savannah, Georgia.

http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/sohp/id/15819/rec/1

Or Ms Margorie Amos-Frazier who was an African American female politician in Charleston, South Carolina.

http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/sohp/id/5782/rec/1

And Ms Sandra Babb, who grew up on a farm in a small segregated town in Pitt County. In the interview, Babb talks about wanting better form life, and deciding to begin college at UNC-Chapel hill.

http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/sohp/id/17442/rec/5

Know of any other ways UNC-CH has remembered the Civil Rights Movement this year? Please share in the comments!

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