Digital and Lifelong Learning will host Mike Wiley’s Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till
Digital and Lifelong Learning proudly presents a full-version theatrical performance of Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till presented by acclaimed actor and playwright, Mike Wiley. Crafted from the public record, his one-man, multiple character performance of Dar He offers a transfixing dramatization of the historic interviews and events surrounding the lynching and murder of 14-year old Emmett Till.
In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth travelled to the Mississippi Delta with country kinfolk and Southern cooking on his mind. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand. It was a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped into his gruesome fate by allegedly whistling at a white woman. This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till’s lynching. His death was a monumental catalyst in the development of the Civil Rights Movement in America.
Portraying an entire cast of black, white, male, and female characters, Mike Wiley’s solo-performance reminds us that we are all one humanity. It is a living monument and tribute to the change-making unsung heroes from the African American experience. Dar He offers a powerful lesson of truth and the triumph of the human spirit.
Dar He will be performed live on Sunday, February 26 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Grumman Auditorium at the Friday Conference Center. Following the performance, there will be an interactive Q&A session with playwright and performer Mike Wiley from 4:30 to 5 p.m.
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