Norman Thomas Marshall in Solo Performance About Racism, Intolerance and Civil Rights

March 8, 2013 by University of La Verne

What: Veteran Actor and playwright Norman Thomas Marshall will perform “John Brown: Trumpet of Freedom” at the University of La Verne Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

In the one man show, which he has performed at Harvard University, Marshall, who was the son of a Klansman and grandson of a slave owner, will become John Brown, an Abolitionist who was hanged for treason in 1859. Brown was a strong human rights advocate who dedicated his life to ending slavery in the United States.

John Brown: Trumpet of Freedom is based on Brown’s letters and interviews with journalists during the last six weeks of his life before his execution. His farewell letter, which was written the morning of his execution, reveals the horror he felt when he saw an enslaved African child who was starved, beaten, bloody and chained to a post as punishment for stealing a crumb of food.

“Attendees should expect to be challenged to consider the role of Brown in the lead up to the Civil War. Those interested in law, politics, race, or history and in the intersection of the same will find the presentation and following discussion fascinating and stimulating,” Associate Professor of English David Werner said.

Admission is free.

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 7 p.m.

Where: University of La Verne Sara and Michael Abraham Campus Center, Ballroom A, 1950 Third Street, La Verne, CA 91750

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