Let's have a conversation January 16 thru February 27 In the Keating Theatre
Overview The Thurgood Panel Discussions are for those interested in learning more about the themes of the play and how it relates to society today. As we approach the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement and the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we ask ourselves: How far have we come? How far do we still have to go?
BookStore1 Sarasota is hosting a luncheon at FST with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, author of To The Mountaintop. They are also holding an essay contest for middle and high school students.
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Gilbert King will be visiting Sarasota during the month of February. A discussion will be held on his book, Devil in the Grove, with the Honorable Judge Charles E. Williams on the themes that arise within.
The Sarasota Ministerial Association along with the interfaith community is coming together in the month of February to speak on the imperative themes of racism and civil rights through “Speaking Racism from Our Pulpits.”
The Ringling Museum is executing a photography exhibit in conjunction with the themes presented in the play from January through March.
Ringling College of Art & Design with Chaplain John Walker Jr. will be teaching diversity through local college training sessions.
The Harry Leopold Fund of the Community Foundation in accordance with The Education Foundation of Sarasota County are funding 1,500 high school students to see special matinee performances.
Embracing our Differences is donating all bussing for high-school performances.
The Diversity Committee of the Sarasota Bar Association under the direction of the Honorable Judge Charles E. Williams is going into the classrooms for pre-performance workshops to prepare them for the play and the themes it presents.
METV in association with Judge Williams and Judge Durand Adams will be creating a film for the classroom workshops and also documenting the FST panel discussions.
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota County is sponsoring the production, the panel discussions, and also a children’s interactive program about racial acceptance.
Actor Montae Russell will be doing post-show discussions as well as community outreach to discuss the themes of the production.
FST along with community leaders are creating a “pay what you can” evening.
Special Events to be announced by the following organizations: Sarasota NAACP, Manatee NAACP, The Manatee/Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, Howard University, The Diversity Association, Sarasota Bar Association, The Women’s Resource Center, Howard Club of Southwest Manatee, and New College of Florida.
More events will be announced as they are confirmed. We want to thank all of our community partners for their unwavering support and their vision: to make each and every one of us 'the change we want to see in the world' through facing issues surrounding us.