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By Ellen Carmen, City High
IOWA CITY – As part of the City High’s Martin Luther King day celebrations, members of the University of Iowa’s Darwin Turner Theatre Group performed excerpts from Martin Duberman’s “In White America” on Monday.
The play is a documentary style performance that recounts race issues through slave narratives, newspaper accounts and autobiographies from the 16th century through the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
“You have to think about what the times were like but also what your perception of that history is,” event coordinator Loyce Arthur said. “So you might hear things that go against what you have been taught.”
Arthur believes showing this play to high school students is important because the stories of the past have strong connections to current race related issues.
“All of these questions keep coming up over and over again,” Arthur said. “We just had the voting rights changed because supposedly we don’t need them anymore.
“There is a section in the play about voting rights and how hard won those were. People died just to vote.
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