CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - As part of its observance of African American History Month, the Shaker Arts Council is presenting “Conversations in Courage: The Meeting,” a fictional reading between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones, who is also an up-and-coming actor from Cleveland, will assumed the role of Malcolm X. Greg White, another local actor will assume the role of Dr. King, Jr. They are going to have a conversation that many wish should have taken place between these two iconic leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.
Jones on the staged reading: “Jeff Stetson’s piece marvelously explores the discussion that might have happened. You see them provoking each other. You see a little bit of humor, you see the humanity of both men. Stetson ends the piece in a rather positive way with an embrace between the two men.”
The first predominately White church in the North that Dr. King spoke at was the Heights Christian Church in Shaker Heights in 1965. There a documentary being produced about that controversial visit. In addition to the “Conversations In Courage: The Meeting,” there’s going to be documentary about King’s controversial visit to the church in 1965 presented by the Shaker Arts Council.
Sally Levine is its president: “It tells a different aspect of the Civil Rights struggle, a struggle in a northern well to do suburb and how we have tried as a community to have some success in integration and proud of what we’ve accomplished. But it didn’t come easily and of course we realize we still have a long way to go.”
The documentary will be shown on March 22 at the Heights Christian Church in Shaker Heights at 7:30 p.m.