The Renaissance Foundation presents a stage reading
of the play, Malcolm, Martin, Medgar
In Honor of
“Judge Ernest A. Finney, Jr., for whom the Civil Rights Museum is named”
Columbia, SC – On Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:00 pm at the Eau Claire High School Auditorium, 4800 Monticello Rd., the Renaissance Foundation will present a stage reading of the play, Malcolm, Martin, Medgar in honor of “Judge Ernest A. Finney, Jr. Civil Rights Museum.” The 3M reading is a theatrical production developed to educate and entertain communities throughout the United States. In an up-close and personal theatre setting 3M discusses current social issues through the eyes of the three legends Malcolm, Martin, Medgar.
The writer A. Peter Bailey is a journalist and a former associate of Ebony Magazine. He worked closely with Malcolm X during the last 12 months of his life and was one of the last five people to speak with Malcolm X on February 21, 1965. The reading, according to playwright A. Peter Bailey, “contains my perceptions on how the heroic warriors would respond to events andindividuals in today’s world. It is motivated by my deep admiration for the three brothers, all of whom had options other than sacrificing their lives for us. One of the questions raised in the reading is whether we as a group have proven worthy of their sacrifices.”
Dr. Malaak Shabazz a daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, will read the role of narrator in 3M. She is an Executive Producer of 3M, a member of the Board of Directors of the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center in New York City, an international human rights activist and a member of the United Nations NGO Committee on Human Rights and the Subcommittee against Racism Globally.
Darrin Dewitt Henson of Soul Food (Showtime), Stomp the Yard (Sony), The Express (Universal) will join the cast and portray Malcolm X.
The two-act reading deals with the three characters, not only as leaders and legends, but as the fathers of thirteen children, whom they left behind. “Another question raised” notes Bailey, “is whether they had the right to leave thirteen children fatherless, even for a righteous cause.”
The honoree Judge Ernest A. Finney was elected to a judgeship in South Carolina’s Third Circuit Court on July 22, 1976 he later became the state’s first African American Circuit Court Judge. In 1985 he was elected to the state of South Carolina’s Supreme Court. Additionally, on May 11, 1994 he became the first African American Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court since the Reconstruction era, a position he held with distinction until his retirement from the bench on March 23, 2000.
The future “Judge Ernest A. Finney Civil Rights Museum” will house historical artifacts and documents of the Civil Rights Movement, the African-American Ecumenical Faith Community, and United Black Fund of South Carolina “Hall of Fame” Inductees.
Tickets for the 3M Reading can be purchased at the Renaissance Foundation 819 Woodrow St., online at www.renaissancefoundatiosc.org or by calling The Renaissance Foundation at (803-733-5634). Adult Tickets $20.00 and Student Tickets $10.00 with ID. The proceeds from this event will go towards the restoration and transformation of The Historic Bethel into a Cultural Arts Center to include a performing arts auditorium, civil rights museum and art gallery. Historic Bethel was built in 1921 by one of the first African-American Architect John Anderson Lanksford who has the distinction of being the first African American with an established architectural office.
Malcolm, Martin, Medgar is certain to be informative, educational, thought provoking, exciting and entertaining. Please join us as we celebrate these Civil Rights Icons. For further information please contact the Renaissance Foundation at 803.733.5634.