Civil rights activist and best-selling author David Mixner is partnering with the Ali Forney Center to host a one-night-only performance of 1969 March 6 at New York's Florence Gould Hall in the French Institute, 55 E. 59th St.
The night of theatrical storytelling to benefit homeless LGBT youth housed at the Ali Forney Center’s Bea Arthur Residence will begin at 7 PM.
“Set in a mid-century America torn by the war in Vietnam,” press notes state, “Mixner will tell the story of one man’s courageous act of defiance that led him down a difficult path of heartbreak and self-discovery.”
“1969 is an evening of storytelling of how four young people formed the Vietnam Moratorium in 1969 and with no cell phones, faxes, or social media brought the nation to a standstill in just six months,” Mixner said in a statement. “The performance will include never-before-told stories of [President Richard] Nixon’s Watergate Team, blackmail and intrigue. If just a few leave the evening more empowered to fight tyranny in America than the evening will be a huge success.”
All proceeds from the show will benefit the Bea Arthur Residence, the first AFC-owned property that will provide housing and services to homeless LGBTQ young people in New York City.
“I am extremely grateful to David Mixner and the production team for lending their time and talent to benefit our youth. We rely on our community of supporters to help in raising desperately needed funds for our programs,” added Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center. “We also rely on our community to inspire our youths to engage in activism and stand up for what is right—especially during these very challenging times.”
The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBTQ youth. For more information visit Aliforneycenter.org.