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About the Show



Based on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, “King & Cronkite: A Live Multimedia Performance” features the words of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and the reflections of Cronkite on the civil rights movement.

Through historical photographs, powerful music, and live performances, “King & Cronkite” explores the intersecting journeys of these two remarkable Americans who helped define the 20th century.

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Show Times

Free and open to the public
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Walter Coppage

as Martin Luther King, Jr.

Walter has performed with The Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Studio Theatre (DC), Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Actors Theatre (founding member), and St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre. Past roles include: MLK in The Mountaintop, Hamlet, Jekyll in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. TV credits include: Gone In The Night (CBS), The Only Witness (Lifetime), All Roads Lead Home (Showtime), A Deadly Vision (ABC), Truman (HBO). Upcoming: All Creatures Here Below, In The Wake Of Ire, An American Artist (PBS).

Jim Korinke

as Walter Cronkite

Jim Korinke has been a professional actor for 42 years and a proud member of The Equity Actors Association for 39 years. He has performed in more than 120 stage productions. He has also appeared in some two dozen feature films and hundreds of commercials for clients like the U.S. Army, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Hy-Vee and Honda, and was the voice of Walmart for four years.

Dr. Robert A. Vartabedian

Playwright and Director

Speaking of his inspiration for the play, Dr. Vartabedian notes, “Historian Don Carleton referred to the civil rights movement as the “first important and sustaining story over time to come under the new microscope of television network news.” Dr. Carleton further reflected that television exposed the masses to 'a great moral issue.' The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was the courageous voice of this movement. Walter Cronkite, in his role as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, shared this important story with the world. 'King & Cronkite' explores the intersecting journeys of these two remarkable Americans who helped define the 20th century."

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About the Memorial

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