Troy University to host performance of “Letter From Birmingham Jail"

Posted: Friday, 08 November 2013

TROY, Ala. – Troy University has partnered with the award-winning Red Mountain Theatre Company to bring their dramatic interpretation of the “Letter From Birmingham Jail" to the Trojan Center Theatre on the Troy Campus on Nov. 12. The performance is set for 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

In 1963, eight white clergymen from a variety of Christian denominations in the Birmingham area wrote a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King admonishing him to allow local laws to deliver justice to Blacks suffering a variety of injustices at the time. On April 16, 1963, Dr. King responded to the clergy letter with a powerful, eloquent response which has become required reading in high schools and universities ever since.

The central character in the play, Dr. King, is being portrayed by Red Mountain Theatre Company principal actor, Cecil Washington. In addition, members of the Troy University faculty will portray the clergymen and read portions of the play. Faculty members participating include: Dr. Jeff Spurlock, associate professor in TROY's Hall School of Journalism and Communication; Dr. Marty Olliff, associate professor and director of archives on the Dothan Campus; Dr. Robert Saunders, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Stephen Cooper, professor of English; Dr. Bill Thompson, associate professor of English; Chris Shaffer, assistant professor and director of the Dothan Campus library; and Joe McCall, lecturer in the History Department.

“Troy University is pleased to sponsor the Red Mountain Theatre Company in its production of ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail,'" said Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate and First Year Studies, who is coordinating the event. “Troy University joins with venues across the state to take part in this 50th anniversary commemoration of this significant moment in Alabama history and the 20th century civil rights movement."