Until the Last Gun is Silent: Re-enactment of Coretta Scott King’s Speech in Central Park

0 Posted by - May 17, 2007 - Blog

The Port Huron Project is a series of reenactments of protest speeches from the 1960s and '70s. Each event takes place at the site of the original speech, and is delivered by an actor to an audience of invited guests and passers-by. Videos based on these reenactments are presented in various venues and distributed online and on DVD as open-source media.

The first event in the series, Port Huron Project 1: Until the Last Gun is Silent, took place in Central Park, New York City on Saturday, September 16, 2006. This event reenacts a speech given by Coretta Scott King at a peace march in Central Park on April 27, 1968, a few weeks after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. The speech, based on notes found in the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pockets, addresses the war in Vietnam, poverty, and the power of women.

The project is inspired by the Port Huron Statement, the 1962 manifesto of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)*, a student activist organization that played a key role in the American New Left.

Originally by Rhizome.org

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