CCC students to recreate historic scenes from civil rights era

Cumberland County College will present a series of monologues that capture the context of America during the height of the country's civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s. Part of the college's One Book-One College reading campaign, the event takes place Wednesday, April 9 beginning at 2 p.m. in the theatre of the Guaracini Performing Arts Center. Admission to the event is free and the public is welcomed.

This year's book selection, "A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School" by Carlotta Walls LaNier, is a memoir of one of the nation's most significant civil rights battles. Cumberland County College students will bring history to life as they recreate scenes of historical significance from the turbulent era in which the book was written.

In September 1957, a 14-year-old Carlotta Walls and eight other black students walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School to get to class. But the journey of the "Little Rock Nine," as they came to be known, would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path -- one that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers, and forever change the landscape of American education.

The student actors will recreate the tone of the times by describing their "memories" of historic experiences, such as school integration; lunch counter sit-ins; voting registration and the use of poll taxes, literacy tests and whites-only primaries; Ku Klux Klan violence; and the Freedom Rides.

Cumberland County College's successful One Book-One College campaign encourages reading for pleasure, critical thinking, global awareness and multicultural understanding, and connects the campus and the community by discussing relevant themes covered in a single book.

For more information, call Professor Sharon Kewish at 856-691-8600 ext. 1358.