Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 “March on Washington actor and writer David Mills returns to the Black Rock Branch for a presentation of some of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most renowned speeches Including: “I Have a Dream;” “Letter from a Birmingham jail;” “The Vietnam war speech;” “Mountaintop;” “Drum major.”
Mr. Mills will conclude his presentation with a reading of “Dr. King’s eulogy.”
Prior to Mr. Mills’ presentation, Carolyn Vermont, past president of the Greater Bridgeport NAACP will offer her perspective on the historical significance of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s famous speech.
David Mills Bio
Actor and writer David Mills has worked professionally in the dramatic and literary communities for more than a decade. For three years, Mr. Mills lived as writer-in-residence in Langston Hughes’ landmark home. There, he was inspired to put together a one-person show of Hughes’ work, which he has performed in colleges such as City University of New York, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, James Madison University, St. John’s, Sarah Lawrence and SUNY Old Westbury to name a few. Twice, he was invited to perform his Hughes show for the mayor of Washington D.C. The American Library Association recently voted Mr. Mills’ Hughes piece the #4 young adult show, nationwide. Tony-award winning director (“The Wiz”) George Faison incorporated Mr. Mills’ Hughes piece into a 2004 musical called “Harlem Hot and Sassy.” Mr. Mills performs a one-person show of Dr. King, as well.
Mr. Mills has had memberships in SAG, AFTRA and Actors Equity. He has performed in both regional and New York theaters playing roles such as Othello (Vineyard Playhouse); understudying Othello (Pearl Theater, New York); and Gabriel, the idiot savant in August Wilson’s Pulitzer-Prize winning play “Fences.” In the latter production, award-winning actor Al Freeman Jr. directed Mr. Mills.
Mr. Mills is also the author of the best-selling book of poems “The Dream Detective.”
In his writing life, Mr. Mills graduated from Yale University, cum laude (‘88, Economics/Theater). Mr. Mills recorded his poem “Ghost-town” on RCA jazz recording artist Steve Coleman’s album “Blank Science.” And, with jazz bands, he’s toured Switzerland, Austria, Poland and Estonia.