Award-winning playwright Samuel Kelley will bring to life Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have A Dream speech with a dramatic performance of King's classic work followed by a presentation of the historical, socio-political, biblical, and artistic influences that converged to give birth to America's most famous speech of the twentieth century. Placing King’s "dream" in a broader cultural context, Kelley will further explore how the dream of freedom and equality continues to propel people forward in their quest for social justice.
A professor of Africana studies and communication studies at the State University of New York College at Cortland, Kelley holds a PhD in speech from the University of Michigan and an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. His plays have been produced at the Hartford Stage, Billie Holiday Theatre in New York City, Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company in Syracuse, and in numerous other theaters and colleges throughout the country.
Free and open to the public, this presentation is sponsored by Cornell's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.