Kenyon Adams : Prayers of the People
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Prayers of the People
A secular liturgical performance of Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail
2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, a Radical Visionary. This participatory ritual/performance appropriates the structure of an Episcopal liturgy and brings to life the words of Dr King written in 1963 while in captivity as a response to a joint letter from eight religious leaders urging him to stop disrupting the peace. Conceived by Kenyon Adams (little ray) and directed by Bill T. Jones. The cast of cantors are Cynthia Hopkins, Padraic Costello, Vinson Fraley, Rebecca L. Hargrove, Walker Jackson and Adams. Audience participation (chanting of text and following directions to stand, sit, kneel to the best of your ability) is strongly encouraged.