Best-selling author Tavis Smiley presents a live multi-media stage presentation of his NY Times Bestseller, Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the death of the renowned civil rights leader, sponsored by Walmart.  Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts accompanies Smiley with a live original score to illustrate the poignant story of Dr. King’s final year and his enduring legacy as a voice for equality in our nation.

With Smiley serving as narrator and original compositions performed by jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, this joyful tribute tells the little-known story of King’s final year.  Against all the odds and with his popularity in deep decline, King had to summon the courage, conviction, commitment and character, to bring a message of peace, equality and justice to a bitterly divided nation.

This stage presentation brings together elements of visual imagery and live music with eloquent prose, declaring the truth of the impact that one man’s integrity and strong faith in humanity can have on the American people, and people across the globe– a truth as timely today as it was 50 years ago.

Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley is currently host of the late night television show Tavis Smiley on PBS, now in its 14th season, as well as “The Tavis Smiley Show” from Public Radio International.  He is the author or co-author of 21 books, and his non-profit Tavis Smiley Foundation is now in the midst of a $3 million four-year campaign called “Ending Poverty:  America’s Silent Spaces” to help focus on alleviating endemic poverty in America.  TIME magazine named Smiley to the TIME 100, a list of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.”

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