Late at night on Jan. 25, 1956, an exhausted Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. answered his telephone and was told “leave Montgomery immediately if you have no wish to die.” After hanging up the phone, a trembling King walked into his kitchen, put on a pot of coffee and took a seat at his table. What followed would be the late civil right leader’s most profound spiritual experience.
After moments of reflection, contemplation and prayer, King realized - as stated in his book “Stride Toward Freedom” - “At that moment, I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced God before. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying ‘Stand up for justice, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever.’ Almost at once my fears began to go. My uncertainty disappeared. I was ready to face anything."
Three days later, a bomb detonated at his home. His family escaped unharmed.
“At the Table With Dr. King,” an inspirational performance based on King’s experience at his kitchen table, uses live music, poetry, historical video footage and King’s own words to teach audiences about the American civil rights movement and the valuable lessons of equality and respect. The performance also challenges audiences to engage in creative acts of service and leadership in their communities.
This special virtual presentation of “At the Table With Dr. King” will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, and will be immediately followed by an interactive talk-back with a member of the Mizel Museum staff.
This online event is available to all members of the campus community free of charge. Simply click the link below to attend!
“At the Table With Dr. King” is co-produced by More Than Music with support from the Colorado-based Mizel Museum. The Mizel Museum, an educational, nonprofit organization, is Denver’s only museum that addresses social justice issues through the lens of Jewish history and values. Its mission is dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding, combating racism and promoting social justice.
The show's ensemble, At the Table Group, exists to challenge audiences to listen for - and respond to - the unique call upon their lives to serve others for the betterment of their communities. The group places an emphasis on connection through music.
“At the Table With Dr. King” is presented by the Hanover Enrichment Series in cooperation with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Haq Center.
photo courtesy of the Mississippi University for Women