Buena Vista University welcomes the Kuumba Players of Boston for a performance of "The Meeting" on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum. The performance is open to the public, free of charge.
The play explores the mystery of what might have been between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who believed in non-violence as a means of resolution, and Malcolm X, who favored any means necessary.
"If you've never heard of a conversation between Dr. King and Malcolm X, it's because it never happened," explains Leon Williams, BVU's director of intercultural programs. "This play is a script of a conversation that would have been if these two distinguished leaders of the civil rights era would have exchanged thoughts on the civility of Black America."
The play is just one of a series of events that are part of BVU's celebration of Black History Month. The February events kicked off with a candlelight service in Schaller Memorial Chapel.
Two "movie nights" for BVU students featured "4 Little Girls," the tragic story of the bombing of a basement in a Black Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963, that killed four young girls, and "Love Jones," which captures the rhythms of modern courtship while breaking away from the stereotyped portrayals of African-American life.
BVU also sponsored a discussion on racial healing, with guest panelists of faculty, staff, students and community leaders addressing issues of diversity, racism (past and present), education, community development and the future of BVU.
Still in store this month for BVU students is an evening of storytelling of black history, which will give students from diverse populations an opportunity to share their experiences.
Williams will also present a one-man dramatization of life from the streets, which will allow its audience to experience the history of Black America from the Middle Passage to the present through singing, dancing, music, drama, crowd participation and questions and answers.
For more information about "The Meeting" or BVU's Black History Month celebration, contact Williams at 712-749-2123.