Woodie King, Jr. directs the staged readings that feature four-time Emmy nominee Danny Glover, as well as John Amos, Ruben Santiago Hudson, Roscoe Orman, Marie Alice Smith, Barbara Ann Teer, Glenn Turman and Lynn Whitfield. Portions of the evening's proceeds will benefit the Ossie Davis Endowment.
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.
Davis' 1954 drama, The People of Clarendon County, is published by Third World Press and will be available at performances.
The People of Clarendon County runs through Feb. 10 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.