TUES, DEC 29, 8PM | The Gospel According to Ida B. Wells
A conversation following the 8:00PM performance featuring
Michon Boston (cultural and creative consultant, and playwright).
Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the staunch anti-lynching activist and journalist of the 19th century has re-emerged as a 21st century symbol for activists in the #BlackLivesMatter movement. She also makes an appearance inThe Gospel of Lovingkindness.
But do we know who the real Ida B. Wells-Barnett is/was?
What makes her a social media icon for activism today?
Michon Boston, writer of the play “Iola’s Letter,” leads the after-show discussion about Ida B. Wells, the woman, her life, career, and activism. “Iola’s Letter” is based on the events compelling a 29-year-old journalist named Ida B. Wells to launch an anti-lynching crusade in 1892 from her newspaper, “Free Speech” in Memphis, TN. Through the play Michon Boston has connected with the Wells-Barnett family and will share stories of their efforts to preserve the legacy of their ancestor and one of America’s most courageous women. “Iola’s Letter” is published in the anthology Strange Fruit: Plays on Lynching by American Women Playwrights edited by Judith Stephens and Kathy Perkins, and published by Indiana University Press.
Michon is founder of the Michon Boston Group LTD, providing engagement consulting services that connect storytellers to communities for maximum impact. Michon’s experience includes engagement events and campaigns featuring content from HBO, PBS, ITVS, The Big Read (NEA), and festival programming and promotion for AFI Docs, and FilmfestDC. Her early one-act plays were produced by the Source Theatre One-act Play Festival. “Iola’s Letter,” based on Ida B. Wells’ activism in Memphis and winner of a Larry Neal Writers Award for drama, is Michon’s first full-length play. She’s currently working on a new work about the Count of Monte Cristo author and playwright Alexandre Dumas (pere). Michon is a native and resident of Washington, DC, and a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio.
As I introduce Ida B. Wells to persons coming of age today and are finding their own voices for justice, faces light up, ideas emerge, and connections align. Ida hasn’t been lost only muted by the noise and distractions of our 21st century lives. Once found, her story becomes contemporary. Her courage inspiring. Her life worthy of a series of dramas. Her time is always now.