Maurice Parent and Kami Smith in Underground Railway Theater's
production of "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall, January 2013.
Photo by A.R. Sinclair Photography.
This is a guest blog post by Michael Muehe, Executive Director of The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities
The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities was very pleased to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Central Square Theater and Underground Railway Theater on a disability rights symposium in January. This symposium was one of a series of events, each of which connected with several community organizations doing work on behalf of various human rights/civil rights constituencies. Each event dovetailed with an ASL-Interpreted performance of The Mountaintop, a Katori Hall play that imagines the final evening on earth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., just prior to his assassination.
Local disability advocates and activists Joanne Daniels-Finegold, John Kelly, and I were featured speakers in the January 26 panel discussion. The panel explored various dimensions of the legacy of Dr. King and how his civil rights strategies and tactics have been used by subsequent disability rights activists, right up to the present. Both the panel discussion and subsequent performance were very well received by the audience.Tweet