Play Based on Fictional Meeting of Malcolm X, MLK Junior at MU

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – In reality, the meeting never actually took place, but if it had the conjecture is that two of the most important men of their time would have engaged in an ardent and heartfelt debate on the struggle for equal rights in the 1960s.  In honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther KingJr., Marshall University’s department of multicultural affairs is presenting “The Meeting,” an acclaimed play that depicts a fictional meeting between two of the strongest voices of the civil rights movement, King and Malcolm X.

The event, which is free to the public, takes place at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

“The Meeting” takes place in a Harlem, N.Y., hotel room where the two civil rights leaders, both of whom would soon be felled by assassins’ bullets, meet for a spirited debate about the era’s civil rights struggle.  Differing in philosophy, but alike in mutual respect for each other, the play explores the clash of wills and conflicting beliefs which both men honor in the other but cannot accept in themselves.

As part of the program, approximately 14 Marshall University undergraduate members of Alpha Kappa Alpha SororityInc., and Delta Sigma Theta SororityInc.will pay tribute to the women of the civil rights movement, specifically the wives of the two men, Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz. During the program sorority members will acknowledge and highlight the roles Coretta King and Shabazz played in the civil rights movement.

In addition, the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus, headquartered in Charleston, W.Va., will perform.  The highly regarded chorus has performed for events around the state including the nationally televised memorial service for U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd and the West Virginia House of Delegates opening.

“We want this to be an evening of something unique that will engage and educate as well as entertain,” said Mary Clark, coordinator in Marshall’s department of multicultural affairs.

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