The Mountain Home Arts Council is proud to present Living Voices: The Right to Dream on Thursday, February 22, at Mountain Home High School’s Lloyd Schiller Gym, 300 South 11th East Street, Mountain Home, ID. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7 pm. The Living Voices: The Right to Dream illuminates the struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America by combining a dynamic solo performance with archival film and sound, turning history into a moving and personal journey. At the center of the performance is one student’s coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950’s and 1960’s, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $8.00 Seniors/Military and $5.00 for Students, available in advance at Lucky Perk or at the door.
The Mountain Home Arts Council will also host Living Voices: The Right to Dream for several educational outreach programs earlier in the day for students at Mountain Home High School and Bennett Mountain High School.
About The Right to Dream:
The Right to Dream is told from the point of view of Raymond Hollis, a young African American growing up in a small town in Mississippi on the brink of the American Civil Rights movement, and the child of a World War II African American soldier and a domestic worker who is respected in their small Mississippi town.
Early on, Raymond feels and sees the daily impact of racism. As a child, his best friend is a young white neighbor to the house where his mother works—until they are separated and forbidden to see each other. Raymond is then introduced to leaders like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., showing him that something different may be possible for blacks in America.
Dedicated to joining these leaders, Raymond receives a scholarship to attend Tougaloo College. Raymond begins his involvement in the movement when he leads a sit-in at a local lunch counter. When friends are hurt, and civil rights workers are killed, Raymond’s dedication to creating an equal society is tested. But he becomes a part of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and is a participant in the voter registration drive, the March on Washington, Freedom Summer and the March from Selma to Montgomery.
Raymond and the civil rights workers are rewarded with the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act—but Raymond is dedicated to continuing the fight against racism and raising America above intolerance.
Living Voices: The Right to Dream’s community performance and educational outreach programs are made possible by the Mountain Home Arts Council and are supported in part by grants from the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Whittenberger Foundation, The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, the Mountain Home Air Force Base Officers’ Spouses’ Club, Pioneer Federal Credit Union, and US Bank Foundation, as well as the generous support of the City of Mountain Home, Hampton Inn/Johnson Brothers Hospitality, Mountain Home News, El-Wyhee Hi-Lites, and other local business and individual patrons.
For more information about the Mountain Home Arts Council or this event, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram, visit www.mharts.org, or call the Arts Council office at (208) 587-3706.