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Through a unique combination of theatre, video, and live Interaction to deliver a high impact experience and an unforgettable journey through history, “The Right to Dream” recreates a student’s coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950’s and 1960’s. The program illuminates the issues of civil rights, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history. The performance is told from the point of view of Raymond Hollis, a young African American growing up in a small town in Mississippi on the brink of the American Civil Rights movement and the child of a World War II African American soldier and a domestic worker who is respected in their small Mississippi town.
The performance will be followed with a keynote presentation by Kenneth Morris, Jr. Kenneth is descended from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. His extraordinary lineage flows through the maternal side of his family by way of the union of his grandmother, Nettie Hancock Washington (granddaughter of Booker T. Washington), and his grandfather, Dr. Frederick Douglass III (great grandson of Frederick Douglass). When Ken’s mother, Nettie Washington Douglass, was born she was the first to unite the bloodlines. Ken is the first male to do so.
Mr. Morris is the President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), a public charity that endeavors to create a modern Abolitionist Movement in schools all over the country through the vehicle of Service-Learning curricula called History, Human Rights and the Power of One. FDFI operates on the belief that young people play critical roles on both sides of the Contemporary Slavery spectrum: at one end, they are the most vulnerable to becoming its victims and, at the other, the most qualified to lead its demise.
Tickets are available for purchase at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts or online at http://mc.boisestate.edu/events. $9.50 tickets for the performance and presentation / limited number of $65 tickets available for the pre-event dinner-on-the-stage with Kenneth Morris, Jr. with premier seats for the performance and presentation.