Get ready to laugh, cry and flat out have a great time at this ten-day / two-weekend festival of non-stop live history and fun for the whole family.
Malcolm X is still seen as one of the most controversial figures — from one of the most highly charged periods in American history. His assassination and those of JFK, MLK and RFK rocked the nation. There is nothing more revolutionary than a martyr’s cause.
His message was a “Revolution of the Mind” in which he responded to institutional racism and segregation with tactics that evolved beyond the struggle for civil rights. Instead Malcolm demanded that America restore the human rights of African Americans. He drastically changed his life from a criminal with an 8th grade education to becoming one the most powerful intellectuals in American history.
While alive Malcolm X was a polarizing figure that both energized and divided African Americans, while frightening and alienating whites. Now, fifty-six years after his death, we are still coming to grips with the complexity and power of his revolutionary message.
There’s nothing like the experience outdoors under the Chautauqua tent or in a beautiful park on a summer evening. But if you like your Chautauqua experience indoors in air-conditioned comfort, we have that, too.
Don’t miss your opportunity to see Darrick Johnson as Malcolm X at the following venues:
• Saturday | June 15 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at the Hartness Performing Arts Center at Christ Church Episcopal School, 245 Cavalier Dr, Greenville, SC 29607 (Off Mauldin Rd between S. Pleasantburg and Fairforest Way near Conestee Park. From Mauldin Rd turn at the Lil Cricket/Marathon gas station.) This will be an American Sign Lanquage (ASL) interpreted show.
• Monday | June 17 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Greenville Phillis Wheatley Center, 40 McCarroll Way, Greenville, SC 29607 (From S. Pleasantburg at Legrand Blvd turn at light and Exxon Station. Legrand becomes John McCarroll Way.)
• Tuesday | June 18 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at AB Technical College, Ferguson Auditorium, 340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801 – Opening music: Zoe & Cloys – Cost: $7.00 All tickets and are available only at the door. Groups that wish to be seated together must arrive by 6:30pm. Box Office opens at 6pm on show night. Cash or check only. For more information, please contact: email@example.com
• Wednesday | June 19 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Spartanburg Headquarters Library, Barrett Room, 151 S Church St, Spartanburg, SC. Opening music: Angela Easterling & Brandon Turner
• Thursday | June 20 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at The Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St, Greenville, SC 29601 (off Academy St)
• Friday | June 21 from 9:00 – 10:00 am enjoy Coffee & Conversation: Malcolm X Darrick Johnson at the Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe St, Greenville, SC 29601
• Saturday | June 22 from 7:30 – 9:00 pm at the Greenville Tech Tent – Greenville Technical College, 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC. – (Use 800 E. Faris Rd parking lot entrance for closest parking) – Opening music: TBA – There are chairs under the Tent. Or bring your own lawn seating. – Rain site for show is Auditorium just behind the Tent. On day of performance, look on the website Home Page for any weather updates. Opening show: mOody bLaCk (Moody Black), spoken word
There will be great story-telling, lots to laugh about, and deep secrets revealed. You’ll laugh – you’ll cry – you’ll have lots of questions. And they’ll be answered. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it’s not just history – it’s personal.
Greenville Chautauqua’s History Alive Festival is sponsored by Advance America, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC, City of Greenville, County of Greenville, Metropolitan Arts Council, South Carolina Arts Commission, Southern Benefit Systems, Spinx, Westin Poinsett Hotel, and the amazing Friends of Greenville Chautauqua #MalcolmX #GreenvilleChautauqua #HistoryComesAlive #ItsRevolutionary #Chautauqua