Iola’s Letter: The Memphis Crusade of Ida B. Wells” A Play by Michon Boston
Wednesday, September 13 @ 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, The Hill Center will host a special presentation of scenes from Michon Boston’s play “Iola’s Letter: The Memphis Crusade of Ida B. Wells,” followed by a discussion with the playwright and special guests (TBA) about the fascinating life of Ida B. Wells and the current state of investigative reporting and social justice journalism in a “post-truth” era.
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.