Dee to Host People of Clarendon County Reading; Glover and Amos to Star

News   Dee to Host People of Clarendon County Reading; Glover and Amos to Star Woodie King, Jr. – producing director and founder of the New Federal Theatre – will direct an all-star reading of Ossie Davis' The People of Clarendon County at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Feb. 8-10.
Ruby Dee
Ruby Dee Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Four-time Emmy nominee Danny Glover will lead a cast that also includes John Amos, Ruben Santiago Hudson, Roscoe Orman, Marie Alice Smith, Barbara Ann Teer, Glenn Turman and Lynn Whitfield. Davis' widow – Academy Award-nominated actress Ruby Dee – hosts the evening, portions of which benefit the Ossie Davis Endowment. Davis' 1954 drama, The People of Clarendon County, is published by Third World Press and will be available at performances.

The work depicts the rural community in South Carolina, which served as the battleground of black sharecroppers, domestic workers, laborers and clergymen who joined the NAACP to fight for better schools for black children with their 1951 lawsuit, Briggs v. Elliott. Theirs was the first of five cases that led to the breakthrough 1954 Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed segregation.

The People of Clarendon County will take place at the Langston Hughes Auditorium, located within the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard in New York City. Tickets, priced $17-$20, are available by calling (212) 491-2206.

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