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2012 MLK Celebration Features 'The Meeting' of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a Play

Martin and MalcolmThe 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Ferris State University features a dramatic play, Jeffrey Stetson’s “The Meeting,” that focuses on a fictional meeting between legendary civil rights activists Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

The performance of “The Meeting” is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in Williams Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services and the MLK Celebration Planning Committee. It is free and open to the public.

“The Meeting” is a play that depicts what would happen in a meeting between the two civil rights activists. The two men debate their different approaches to the social problems that gripped the nation during their lives. Both men were prepared to die in the fight for their civil rights belief even if neither was aware how soon their lives would end by assassins’ bullets.

The setting for the play is a suite high up in a hotel in Harlem, N.Y. where Malcolm X and his bodyguard, Rashad, rest before Malcolm’s fateful appearance at the Audubon ballroom. Malcolm had requested the secret meeting with King, who was also inNew York. The play deals with several issues that are important today, including poverty, racism and war.