Ordinary Heroes in your town – Actors Bridge* rises up!

This will not be the last time I plug this upcoming play/event (if you click on the link you can actually READ the cool poster). I’ve seen an early ‘read-through’ version of this play and cannot wait until the main event. If you are long-time or native Nashvillian, you may know a lot about the civil rights movement here in our town, or you may be surprised at how much you don’t know, but the stories in this play will make you cry, think, be angry, and inspire you.

From the Actors Bridge website:

This world-premiere theatrical work is based on Nashville’s pivotal role in our nation’s fight for civil rights in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Through drama, music, spoken word and multi-media, the play explores the stories of the lesser known contributors in the struggle that was born in Nashville – the individual foot soldiers who made up the masses that followed storied leaders, Martin Luther King, Jr., Kelly Miller Smith, C.T. Vivian, Diane Nash, James Lawson, Bernard Lafayette and others. Based on interviews with living people who participated in the movement…

I was a young boy growing up in the lily-white Green Hills area when the lunch-counter sit-ins occurred. At first it all scared me, but I knew somehow that the God I was raised with didn’t really think that much of apartheid, even though that same God was used to justify separation of the races and a slooooooooooow path to racial justice by many.

Another aspect of this play that thrills me is that my alma mater, Lipscomb University, is a partial backer of this play. Their name is up their on the poster. As much as I’ve wanted to charge them for the counseling bills I’ve paid for over the years, I’ve gotta give them some solid props for working with Fisk on this venture.

Please go see this play!

*My friend Vali Forrister (aka The Playwright to some) is a major force behind this play (co-writer and instigator). She worked with Aunt B, among others to create ‘Faith/Doubt’ last year.

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One response to “Ordinary Heroes in your town – Actors Bridge* rises up!

  1. Okay, I guess I do have another something to say about this post. 🙂 Lucky you, you get to hear from me twice today!!

    I like what you said about the things that were happening in your town during the desegregation. It scares me to think what Christians have done in the name of Christ. Really really awful things like believing & convincing others that the races should be separate & that blacks & other minorities didn’t deserve equal treatment. I am relieved that I don’t have to live through quite the same thing, though there are always atrocities each generation has to live through. One thing about small towns: not much diversity. I wish my children would have as much exposure to various ethnic groups like I did in NJ.

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