Join us on July 20 for a special free stage reading and conversation of a new theater piece by the museum, “Project Awareness.”
In 1961 a group of students at Howard University in Washington, DC, looking to raise issues, spark discussion, and open minds, orchestrated a debate between two of the most powerful and influential voices on civil and human rights at the time, Bayard Rustin and Malcolm X. “Project Awareness” is based on first-hand accounts from individuals who were at this event and new research by the museum. The piece tackles issues at the forefront of debate in America fifty years ago and explores the intersection of race, political philosophy, and religion to reflect on the larger history of democracy, activism, and faith in America.
On July 20, in partnership with the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater and the March on Washington Film Festival, we will present a stage reading of this new piece, followed by an interview with Rachelle Horowitz and Dion Diamond, first-hand witnesses of the civil rights movement, moderated Christopher Wilson, of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
This program is free for all to attend with registration strongly recommended as seating in the theater is limited and filled on a first-come, first-seated basis to registered attendees first.