CCC hosts “Trashing the King” stage play
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College faculty, staff and students joined the community in a standing ovation for Last Psalm Productions’ stage play, "Trashing the King" Tuesday night.

CCC hosts “Trashing the King” stage play

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed Aug 30, 2017

Pictured, from left, are Rita Hanfor of CCC's Lyceum Committee; "Dream Keepers" honorees Yvonne Stanford, Brenda Luckett, Dr. Jimmy Wiley, Roberta McCaskill and Charles Wright; Jacqueline Stewart of Last Psalm Productions; CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner; Lawrence Thomas and George Stewart, both of Last Psalm Productions. 

CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College faculty, staff and students joined the community in a standing ovation for Last Psalm Productions’ stage play, "Trashing the King" Tuesday night.

The play, which made its debut at CCC, reflected on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by revisiting the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike.

Intertwined in the plot was the story of Sonny Ray who traveled to Memphis from Clarksdale, MS in hopes of making a name for himself on the music scene.

After illustrating how individuals could support the movement in their own unique way, the play climaxed with the assassination of King.

“This play is very difficult and not easy to portray,” said playwright and actor George Stewart. “We wrote this play to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death and to let everyone know that his dream has not died. …It should live on within each of us.”

During the event, Stewart also presented "Dream Keepers" awards to community members who have dedicated their lives to advancing civil rights locally.

Those honored included: Yvonne Stanford, Brenda Luckett, Dr. Jimmy Wiley and Roberta McCaskill, all of Clarksdale; and singer/songwriter Charles Wright, a Clarksdale-native best known for his hit single "Express Yourself."

“Trashing the King” is now headed on the road for a multi-city tour. However, Stewart said he will always highlight Clarksdale.

 “Clarksdale is a special place to me, and I’m going to take it with me everywhere I go,” he said.

“Trashing the King” was made possible by CCC’s Lyceum Committee.

CLICK HERE to view more photos from the event on CCC's Facebook page!