Death of a King: with Tavis Smiley – sponsored by Walmart

Death of a King: with Tavis Smiley – sponsored by Walmart

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Friday, February 23 at 8pm
Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Tickets are free with a processing fee.

The man you know. The story you don’t.

Broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley presents a live multi-media stage presentation of his NY Times Bestseller, Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the death of the renowned civil rights leader, sponsored by Walmart. Jazz pianist, Marcus Roberts, accompanies Smiley with a live original score to illustrate the poignant story.

Tavis Smiley narrates this joyful tribute that tells the little-known story of Dr. King’s final year. Against all the odds and with his popularity in deep decline, King summoned the courage, conviction, commitment and character to bring a message of peace, equality and justice to a bitterly divided nation. Joining Smiley will be renowned jazz pianist, Marcus Roberts, a modern piano genius who will perform stirring, original compositions. Tony Award®-winning Broadway and film director Kenny Leon (A Raisin In The Sun, The Mountaintop, August Wilson’s Fences) serves as creative consultant for the show.

This stage presentation brings together elements of visual imagery and live music with eloquent prose, declaring the truth of the impact that one man's integrity and faith in humanity had on the American people – and people across the globe. A truth as timely today as it was 50 years ago.

“In our current political climate, Death Of A King represents a narrative shift that’s not just about the normal discussion of left versus right or conservative versus liberal, but really a reset of our deepest values,” said Tavis Smiley. “Dr. King said in 1968 that we needed a revolution of values, and 50 years later, Death Of A King aims to reunite America with its best self.”

The book Death of A King is a New York Times best seller and is being developed as a television series with Emmy Award®-winner J.J. Abrams and Smiley, in partnership with Warner Bros. Television. Smiley’s PBS late-night talk show, Tavis Smiley is currently in its 14th successful season.

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