Key Events of Civil Rights Movement Depicted in Program at DCCC’s Davie Campus

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Feb 13, 2015 – Key figures and scenes from the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s were brought to life in a powerful program presented Thursday on the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College.

“Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement Play” depicted pivotal events that advanced the cause for equal rights, creating a better understanding of the era for students, faculty, staff and community members attending.

The production opened with actors and narrators Adrian Blount and Alex Keane of the Bright Star Touring Theatre leading the audience in a spirited rendition of “This Little Light of Mine,” a theme song adopted to help “light the path” of the civil rights movement.  

Let it Shine 2Events depicted began with Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus to a white passenger in 1955 and the subsequent boycott of the bus system that led to the emergence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the nation’s foremost civil rights leader. Other events discussed and dramatically portrayed by Blount and Keane included the integration of a Little Rock, Arkansas, high school in 1957, the lunch counter sit-in at the Greensboro Woolworth’s in 1960, Freedom Riders who rode interstate buses into the segregated South in 1961 to challenge non-enforcement of federal civil rights laws, the deaths of four young girls in a Birmingham church bombing in 1963, the Salem-to-Montgomery marches of 1965 and King’s final speech in Memphis before his assassination in 1968.

“We as a people have come a long way,” says student Tichina Morrison. “The actors did a really good job.”

Student Phillip Peck notes he enjoyed the program and it helped him realize “as African Americans we’re still struggling but overcoming.”

The Bright Star Touring Theatre of Asheville specializes in literary, curriculum and character education-based performances presented to audiences across the United States.

*Editor’s note: In the first photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (played by Adrian Blount, left) tells the audience (and narrator Alex Keane, right) how he became a key player in the Montgomery bus boycott and a leader in the civil rights movement. In the second photo, Keane (left) and Blount portray two Freedom Riders who traveled into the South on buses to protest non-enforcement of federal civil rights laws.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.