The Play "Passages of Martin Luther King" by Clayborne Carson Makes History in China

The film, Bringing King to China, is a new documentary that examines efforts by Cáitrín McKiernan, the daughter of award-winning journalist and filmmaker Kevin McKiernan, to introduce a play about Dr. King to a Chinese audience. The play, Passages of Martin Luther King, was written by Clayborne Carson, general editorial advisor to The King Legacy and Cáitrín's teacher at Stanford. Carson based his play on King's speeches and letters, even love letters from King to his wife.

The production marked the first time that a Chinese and African-American cast performed together in China. A Chinese man even played the role of King. And the theater company traveled to the U.S. to visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, and learn more about the man and the movement they would so ambitiously undertake to portray.

 

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