Americolor Opera Honors C. T. Vivian
Americolor Opera Alliance and Theater Arts has been invited to participate in the program honoring eighty nine year old Civil Rights icon Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian. C.T. Vivian is a distinguished minister, author, and organizer, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and friend to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; he participated in Freedom Rides and sit-ins across our country. In February of 1965, in Dallas County, Alabama, he confronted racist Sheriff Jim Clark over voter registration. The peaceful demonstrators made up of teachers were barricaded from entering the courthouse just before Sheriff Clark struck Vivian in the face. Dr. Vivian received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, November 20, 2013. The event is being sponsored by The C. T. Vivian Leadership Institute May 10, 2014 at the Marriott Marquis.
Americolor Opera Ensemble will present an historical tribute in song and re-enactment of the courthouse scene. The presentation is directed by Dr. Sharon J. Willis, founder and Executive Director of Americolor. Cast members include Benjamin Moore, Kathye J. Gary, Juliet V. Anderson, Leslee Christopher, Deborah McCrimmon, Thressa Gardner, Mel Foster, Samuel Lackey, Wendel Stephens, David Vaughn, Willie Johnson and Barry Fuchs.