The Anne Frank Center USA Presents "Letters from Anne and Martin," January 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. Based on the Writings of Anne Frank and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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This dramatic two-person performance (with a backdrop of compelling scenes from World War ll and the US Civil Rights eras) juxtaposes two of the more important works ever written about human rights, both from places of confinement: Anne Frank’s “Diary of a Young Girl” (1947) and Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” (1963).

Hannah Vaughn and Jamal Crowelle

Yvonne Simons, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center, describes King's writings as timeless observations, particularly his famous quote 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'

An imagined meeting of mind and heart, drawn entirely from the text of Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl (1947, expanded 1995) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963) was developed by Hannah Vaughan who notes they were both born in 1929 and would be 85 this year.

Anne Frank wrote one of the most significant, enduring and influential literary works of our time, which has been translated into 60+ languages and read by over 30 million people. Her voice speaks clearly for social conscience, justice and tolerance worldwide.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is widely regarded as the leader and clarion voice of modern American Civil Rights. He is best known for his influence on the history and advancement of social justice, equality, political freedom and anti discrimination, especially through the use of nonviolent action and civil disobedience, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. King was a master of rhetoric in written and spoken language. His compositions remain benchmarks in the history of peaceful political activism. His Letter from a Birmingham Jail was written on April 16, 1963, on the margins of a newspaper, while in a jail cell for participating in an anti-segregation action.

First developed by The Anne Frank Center USA for Martin Luther King remembrance events in January 2013, this show rapidly became our most attention-getting production. The play is intended to inspire the next generation to build a wold based on equal rights and mutual respect.

The program length includes discussion with the actors and runs 70-80 minutes.

Reservations are required by calling 212-431-7993 or email info(at)annefrank(dot)com.

About The Anne Frank Center USA
Founded in 1977 by Anne’s father Otto, The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner of the Anne Frank House, uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy, to educate young people and communities in the U.S. and Canada about the dangers of intolerance, anti-semitism, racism and discrimination, and to inspire the next generation to build a world based on equal rights and mutual respect. Through a variety of innovative education programs and exhibitions, the Center uses Anne Frank as a role model for today. Her insights and courage continue to inspire students, educators and citizens more than 60 years after her diary was first published. The Anne Frank Center USA is a non-sectarian, educational organization, that is not-for-profit under the Internal Revenue Code Section {501 (c) (3)}. Contributions to the organization are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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