Yesterday evening, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights kicked off a two day ground breaking celebration with the presentation of Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State. This play by Ariel Dorfman was based on the book by Kerry Kennedy, and directed by Atlanta's own Susan Booth of the Alliance Theater. A star-studded cast including Malcom-Jamal Warner, Lynn Whitfield, Anthony Azizi, Jaime Cepero, Alexis Bledel and Mitchell Anderson staged this powerful theatrical presentation based upon interviews with over 50 human rights activists from around the world.
On the eve of the ground breaking of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Speak Truth to Power, and it's messages of "If we don't do this who will?" and "the work has just begun" speaks literally and figuratively to the over-arching goals of the Center and this next phase. The National Center for Civil and Human rights will be a world class cultural institution located in the heart of downtown Atlanta dedicated to exploring stories of civil and human rights. The staff and stakeholders have done a great job bringing this concept to reality but there is much work to be done to reach it's slated opening of 2014. This presentation of Speak Truth to Power was a strong kick off to the groundbreaking celebration and stands as a good example of what you can expect from the completed Center.