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“Iola’s Letter: The Memphis Crusade of Ida B. Wells” A Play by Michon Boston
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
She insisted, resisted, and persisted — In Memphis, Tennessee, 1892, from the pages of her newspaper The Free Speech [and Headlight], journalist Ida B. Wells launches a blistering and unrelenting crusade against lynching and racial injustice. September 13, Hill Center will host a special presentation of scenes from Michon Boston’s play “Iola’s Letter: The Memphis Crusade of Ida B. Wells,” directed by Michi Jones, followed by a discussion with the playwright and special guests about the fascinating life of Ida B. Wells and the current state of investigative reporting and social justice journalism in a “post-truth” era.
Special Guests will include Jonetta Rose Barras, who writes regularly for Washington City Paper, the Washington Post and other publications, and Dan E. Moldea, an independent crime and investigative reporter.
Michon Boston is a media consultant and writer. She’s been published in The Washington Post Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, The Root (online), and explores the power of culture in her blog, “eclectique916”. A version of “Iola’s Letter” is published in Strange Fruit: Plays on Lynching by American Women edited by Kathy A. Perkins, and Judith L Stephens, published by Indiana University Press. The first staged reading of “Iola’s Letter” was directed by Vera J. Katz at Howard University in Washington, DC.
The ticket price includes a donation to the Gwen Ifill Fund for Journalism Excellence.