‘The Meeting’: Imagining A Moment In History
On a March afternoon in 1964, two major historical figures finally met. The handshake between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X resulted in an iconic photograph, remembering a peaceful moment shortly before both were assassinated. What would they have said to each other?
That’s exactly what playwright Jeff Stetson wondered.
So he penned a play.
“The Meeting” was written in 1980, and it imagines an extended conversation between King and Malcolm X, a conversation that never happened. In their time, they offered very different approaches to the struggle for civil rights and black empowerment. King, was famous for his non-violent approach, Malcolm X, for his willingness to confront white oppression “with any means necessary.”
We speak with Jeff Stetson about the play and why he believes it’s still relevant.
- Jeff Stetson, playwright and screenwriter
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