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Hattiloo Theatre Pays Homage to the Belated Mrs. Coretta Scott King with Their Newest Production

On February 6, 2006, people began lining up at dawn outside of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay their respects to the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose body lay in state in the small sanctuary. By mid-morning, the crowd wound down the street and around the corner of the old red brick building. People of all ages stood patiently for hours, waiting to say goodbye.

Sometimes they murmured to each other quietly. Sometimes they shared memories of Mrs. King's extraordinary life and expressed sorrow at her passing. When a cold rain began to fall at sunset, those who had thought to bring umbrellas shared them with those whose resolve was the only thing not dampened by the drizzle. At close to midnight, the crowd had dwindled to a determined few.

Bringing this story to the stage, five fictional characters in A Song For Coretta are at the end of that long line of mourners. The women range from Helen, an old-guard civil rights activist who has fond memories of meeting Coretta Scott King a couple of times and distinct memories of the struggle for equality, to Li'l Bit, a teenage mom with little appreciation or awareness of the trials of generations before her. They clash, of course.

This play written by Pearl Cleage pays homage to the late Coretta Scott King. Tickets are available for purchase online and are $26 for students, military, and seniors and $30 for adults.

Even though Appling Lakes Apartments in Cordova, Tennessee provides you with all of the comfort, convenience, and entertainment you could possibly desire, we encourage our residents to venture outside of our apartment community and explore all that the city has to offer!

Event Time/Date:
Wednesday, January 23, 2019–7:00 PM

Event Venue Location:
Hattiloo Theatre
37 South Cooper Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

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