Meet the Legend: Malcolm X

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Photo of Charles Everet Pace as Malcolm X

Charles Everett Pace will portray Malcolm X during two performances at Colorado Mountain College. Photo Mitro Hood Photography

Colorado Humanities, in partnership with Colorado Mountain College, is pleased to offer as part of our 2018 Black History Live Tour a portrayal of Malcolm X by eminent national humanities and Chautauqua scholar Charles Everett Pace at the New Space Theatre, Calaway Academic Center, Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley in Glenwood Springs, 3000 County Road 114, on Feb. 28 at 4 p.m., as well as at the Clough Auditorium, Colorado Mountain College Rifle, 3695 Airport Road, on March 1 at 4 p.m.

This program is presented as a “chautauqua.” Chautauqua is a living history program in which performers, in costume and in character, bring historical figures to life in theatrical monologues. Educational and entertaining, Chautauqua programs provide dramatic insights into the people and events that have shaped our nation, and also provide a historical lens for looking at contemporary issues.

Born Malcolm Little in 1925, Malcolm X was a black Muslim minister and national spokesman for the Nation of Islam. After rising from an early life of drug abuse and petty criminal behavior, this respected yet controversial political figure confronts a personal moral crisis: his own human bigotry. His driving quest for knowledge, self-critique and conversion to Islam changes this ex-convict into an internationally revered, though still controversial, spokesman for the cause of universal human rights.

This portrayal shows how a marginal outsider became an influential insider. Participants in this free event have a unique opportunity to talk with Malcolm X while the scholar is in character and then talk with Charles Everett Pace as the researcher/actor.

Please visit coloradohumanities.org for the full schedule to find the one most convenient to you.