In an effort to raise awareness in peace, actors and crew members from Broadway’s The Color Purple, Shuffle Along, The Lion King, On Your Feet, Motown the Musical, Hamilton, Paramour and more gathered together to recreate iconic images from 1960s Civil Rights protests as direct reflections of the tragic events and protests that continue to occur across the U.S.
We Stand Together is a short video that brings these images together using an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “How Long, Not Long” speech, which was first delivered on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, AL, March 25, 1965.
It is directed and conceived by Christian Dante White, the Shuffle Along and Book of Mormon cast member behind the Broadway Legacy photo series dedicated to the contributions of black theatre artists. White also created the Turning the Page video series, that gives performers of color a platform to sing musical theatre repertoire they might not be traditionally cast to perform.
“While many people marvel at the beauty and work of these artists on stage, they are still people who may be at risk when they leave the Broadway stage,” the creators said in a statement.
We Stand Together has photography by Harry McFann and Maurica Roland. Video is by Cameron Ross. Narration is by Leon Outlaw Jr.