'Road to Freedom' production highlights efforts of those who fought for racial equality

The event is Jan. 24 at 8:30 p.m.
Misericordia University will present “Road to Freedom,” a live multimedia event featuring music and video that highlights the work of those who fought for racial equality over the past 150 years. The informative and thought-provoking program is open free to the public and will be held Thursday, Jan. 24, at 8:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theater at Walsh Hall on campus.

The “Road to Freedom” chronicles the struggles of a courageous group of pioneers who began the fight to end racial injustice as early as 100 years before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. emerged as a civil rights leader. Through live commentary, the program tells the story of the efforts of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglas, W.E. DuBois, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, the Freedom Fighters, Fannie Lou Hamer, and others, who banded together against seemingly insurmountable obstacles to challenge the injustices of racial discrimination and inequality. Songs, including “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Down By the Riverside,” will be combined with captivating big screen video images to make this a captivating educational experience.

The story of the American civil rights movement is dramatic, powerful and at points painful. Viewers will be fully enthralled as they participate by clapping and singing along with the celebrated cast from Key Arts Productions.