Join award-winning actor and playwright Mike Wiley and nationally known thought leaders for a series of virtual conversations examining issues of race, justice, and social equity.
Our Higher Ground Conversations continue November 18th with a very special event – a live-streamed performance of Mike Wiley in The Fire of Freedom: The Story of Abraham Galloway.
Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy from Southport, NC who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during and after the Civil War.
A talkback session with Mike Wiley, playwright Howard Craft and historian David Cecelski follows the performance.
Watch this space for more information on upcoming guests.
Register below in the Distinguished Speakers section and join us November 18, 2021 at 7:30pm.
Playwright | Poet | Arts Educator
Howard L. Craft is a father, husband, playwright, poet, essayist and arts educator. He is the author of two books of poems, has written a variety of plays, created the first African-American super hero radio serial, and instructs students in the art of creative writing. He is the current Piller Professor of the Practice at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill for the Writing for the Stage and Screen program.
Actor | Playwright
Mike Wiley is a driving force in the development and promotion of documentary theatre. Wiley’s plays span the worlds of Emmett Till, Henry “Box” Brown, Jackie Robinson and more. Each work is designed to inspire audiences to examine America’s racial history, teach the lessons of the past and encourage the application of these truths to the present.
Historian | Author
Dr. David Cecelski is the author of several books and more than 700 articles on race, culture and history in eastern North Carolina. Among his books are The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War and The Waterman’s Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina. With Tim Tyson, he also edited Democracy Betrayed: The Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy.
All Higher Ground Conversations are free and open to the public. We are accepting donations in our virtual tip jar to cover the costs of the series and continue to attract quality guests in the future. We certainly appreciate and value your support.
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October 15, 2020 | Dr. Rupert Nacoste – WATCH NOW!
November 19, 2020 | Young People’s Program – WATCH NOW!
December 17, 2020 | Dr. Heather Thompson – WATCH NOW!
January 21, 2021 | Daniele McGuire – WATCH NOW!
February 18, 2021 | Dr. David Cecelski – WATCH NOW!
March 18, 2021 | Loki Mulholland
April 7, 2021 | Dr. William Darity & Kirsten Mullen
August,26, 2021 | Joan Trumpaur Mulholland & Hezekiah Watkins – WATCH NOW!
September 16, 2021 | Reverend Carolyn McKinstry – WATCH NOW!
October 21, 2021 | Father Michael Lapsley – WATCH NOW!
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“If the house is to be set in order, one cannot begin with the present, he must begin with the past.” – John Hope Franklin
Mike Wiley Productions is a driving force in the development and promotion of documentary theatre. Led by actor and playwright, Mike Wiley, the company’s plays span the worlds of Emmett Till, Henry “Box” Brown, Jackie Robinson and more. Each work in the company’s repertoire is designed to inspire audiences to examine America’s racial history, teach the lessons of the past and encourage the application of these truths to the present.
Through his performances, Wiley has introduced countless students and communities to the legacies of Emmett Till, Henry “Box” Brown and more. His recent works include a one-man play based on Tim Tyson’s memoir Blood Done Sign My Name and The Parchman Hour, an ensemble production celebrating the bravery and determination of the Freedom Riders who risked their lives to desegregate Southern interstate bus travel in 1961.
Mike Wiley has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was the 2010 and 2014 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recently he was named a Distinguished Alumni of UNC-Chapel Hill and was the recipient of the 2020 Ann Atwater Theater Award, recognizing Triangle theater artists whose body of work reflects and honors Ann Atwater’s lifelong commitment to activism for social justice.
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