Friday, July 24, 2009

The New Voices Ensemble Performs at the NCC

On January 19th, 2009, eight members of the People’s Light & Theatre Company’s New Voices Ensemble participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day of service at the National Constitution Center. The Ensemble, along with other area students, professional actors, and educators, performed a dramatic and choral reading of the historic MLK Speech that was given in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

In addition to performing and assisting NCC staff, Ensemble members took part in a quilting project for Women Against Abuse shelters and homeless shelters. Groups took turns assisting families and volunteers, cutting and sorting fabric, hand stitching, ironing, and finishing blankets and pillows. Following their day of service the students received a private tour of the exhibit “America I Am,” a celebration of African-American contributions throughout history in the United States, featuring not only a variety of famous artifacts such as Malcolm X’s personal diary and the jail door where Martin Luther King, Jr. was held in Birmingham, but also an assortment of multimedia presentations showcasing famous African-Americans throughout U.S. history.