Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., A Chautauqua
This Chautauqua (Living History) program focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s spiritual journey from his youth to his opposition to the Vietnam War in 1967. The program is in 3 parts: The first part is Dr. King speaking about his life. The second part is Dr. King answering questions from the audience. The third part is Mr. Jefferson stepping out of the King persona and answering questions about Dr. King.
About the Performer
Mr. Jefferson has an extensive background as a professional actor and between 1997 to 2009 he has performed the Paul Robeson Chautauqua for the entire Newark, New Jersey School district for 12 years. Also during this time period, Mr. Jefferson began his Chautauqua portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2012, he was commissioned to portray York of the Lewis and Clark expedition for the Ohio Chautauqua. From 2005 to the present, Mr. Jefferson has appeared as Dr. King in the Ohio, Missouri, Nevada and Colorado Chautauqua festivals, he portrayed Paul Robeson in those festivals and the North Carolina and Maryland Chautauqua festivals as well. Mr. Jefferson was introduced to Chautauqua by two renowned historians, the late Dr. Clement A. Price and the late Giles R. Wright.
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