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The Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center and People’s Light invite you to engage in conversation around playwright and director Steve H. Broadnax III’s offering “Illuminating Bayard or Am I Not Good?”, an artistic representation of Civil Rights mastermind, and West Chester-native, Bayard Rustin.

A panel discussion with local leaders and a town hall style community discussion on Activism will follow a staged reading about the almost forgotten history of Bayard Rustin’s work and legacy as chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington and openly gay Civil Rights activist. Join us as we dive into history and reflect on the legacies that help shape our past, present and future.

Panelists include:

*Rev. Kyle J. Boyer, Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Coatesville, PA and former President of the West Chester NAACP

*Lisa Dorsey, West Chester Borough Council member and former Board President of the Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center

*Miss Penny Washington, West Chester native and Historian

*Kenneth Winston, Executive Director of the Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center

This event will last a little over an hour. We will begin with our staged reading, followed by a panel with community leaders, which will open into a town hall style discussion for attendees to participate as well.

The Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center is located at 501 E. Miner Street, West Chester PA, 19382. Free parking is available on the premises.

In order to ensure the safety of all individuals gathered, this event is held outdoors and each attendee will need to wear a face mask that covers the individual’s nose and mouth, and to maintain social distance of 6′ between parties.

Please register below as spaces will be limited in order to ensure the safety of the community.


May 20, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Charles A. Melton Center
(610) 692-9290
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