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A free panel discussion comprised of individuals who have shown support of activism through the arts, including Emmy Award and multiple NAACP Image Award-winning film, television and stage veteran Joe Morton, who portrayed Dick Gregory in Turn Me Loose; broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist Tavis Smiley; dancer and original member of Black Lives Matter Shamell Bell and Los Angeles-based choreographer Lula Washington, Founder and Artistic Director of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. The conversation will be moderated by Tananarive Due, author, activist, and professor of Afrofuturism and Black Horror at UCLA.
The production and panel is made possible in part by the generous support of The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation and continues The Wallis’ commitment to create, present and celebrate work that reflects the rich cultural diversity of our city.
“Alongside his comedy career, Dick Gregory dedicated his life to social justice and the civil rights movement. The Wallis presented Turn Me Loose as a way to share Mr. Gregory’s story and honor his legacy. We are now thrilled to have Joe, Tavis, Shamell, Lula, and Tananarive together on our stage to discuss not only the lasting contributions of Mr. Gregory, but also what the next generation of artists and activists can do to further the conversation surrounding racism and social justice.” - Wallis Artistic Director Paul Crewes
Venue: LOVELACE STUDIO THEATER