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Ascension: A Lifting of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy on the 50th Anniversary of his Assassination

Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 30 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Spring 2018 season of performances. The season is curated by Monique Martin, newly appointed Director of Programming for Harlem Stage and features artists as #Disrupters, who take creative risk. They reflect the times via a range of artistic genres, offering audiences the chance to experience legendary performers and rising stars.


On April 4, 2018, Harlem Stage will present a FREE musical, visual and dance celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination. The performances will reflect on where we are now, half a century later.


On April 4, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, an event that sent shock waves reverberating across the globe. A Baptist minister and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King had led the civil rights movement since the mid-1950s, using a combination of impassioned speeches and nonviolent protests to fight segregation and achieve significant civil-rights advances for African Americans inspiring seekers of justice equality across the country and the world.


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Featured Artists:

Dancer/Choreographer Kyle Marshall will perform a solo dance piece to Dr. King’s last speech On the Mountaintop *commissioned by Harlem Stage

Adepero Oduye will perform an excerpt of “The Drum Major Instinct” by Dr. King, with support from Theater of War Productions

The Studio Museum in Harlem will facilitate a Harlem postcard interactive activity

Along with soon to be announced SPECIAL GUESTS


April 4, 2018

7:30 PM


150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street)

Tickets: FREE with RSVP

Patricia Cruz, Executive Director, Harlem Stage, said “I welcome Harlem residents, New Yorkers, and visitors to join us at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse for this fresh and special spring season, which offers a diverse, unique array of artists and genres.”

Monique Martin, Director of Programming, Harlem Stage, said “The arts have and continue to be a steady mooring during tumultuous times. This season’s theme #Disrupters is an act of resistance against apathy and isolation speaks to our individual and collective responsibility to create the world we want to live and thrive in.”



Box Office Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Manhattan).

Box Office Hours:  Regular box office hours are 10AM–3PM Monday through Friday, except on performance days when the box office remains open until one hour after the start of the performance.

By Phone: 212.281.9240 ext. 19


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About the Author

New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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