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The Museum of Tolerance invites you to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day – A Day On… Not a Day Off
Performance: The Right to Dream by Living Voices
Q&A and Community Conversation:
Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes will discuss with us the complexity and fragility of our democracy, then and now.
Monday, January 18, 2021, 1:00 - 1:45 PM PT
The Right to Dream is a virtual theatrical performance told from the point of view of a young African American man, Raymond, the child of a World War II African American soldier and a domestic worker in a small Mississippi town. Early on, he feels and sees the daily impact of racism. As a child, his best friend is a young white neighbor to the house where his mother works—until they are separated and forbidden to see each other. Raymond witnesses the impact of civil disobedience and leaders like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., who inspire him to become part of the Civil Rights Movement. Raymond becomes a part of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and is a participant in the voter registration drive, the March on Washington, Freedom Summer and the March from Selma to Montgomery. We watch as Raymond and the civil rights workers win the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act—and challenge us to advance the cause of justice for all.
Recommended for grades 6 and up due to graphic protest scenes. Parental supervision recommended for younger grades.
The Community Conversation will immediately follow the 25 minute performance.
About Dr. Kenya Davis Hayes
Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes is a professor of US History at California Baptist University, where she teaches U.S. History from the colonial period through the Cold War. Her research explores the imaging of race and its impact on popular culture, and she has lectured about the politics of American popular culture at universities worldwide including the National University of Rwanda, the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences and UNAM in Mexico City. She served as a gubernatorial appointee to California Humanities, the state branch of the National Endowment for the Humanities and regularly publishes in academic journals, as well as, educational companion pieces for two local PBS broadcasts—Lost LA and ArtBound. In 2019, Professor Davis-Hayes served as a Gilder Lehrman Institute lead scholar training public school teachers in in-depth content knowledge regarding the women's suffrage movement, antebellum civil rights efforts and the relevance of Alexander Hamilton in modern society. She is currently writing a book about the history of black women on television during the Civil Rights era.