January 24, 2014

Character of Malcolm X Comes to FRCC in Chautauqua-style Portrayal Feb. 5

The character of Malcolm X will come alive in a Chautauqua-style performance by scholar Charles Everett Pace at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Front Range Community College.

Charles Everett Pace as Malcolm X

Charles Everett Pace as Malcolm X

The presentation will take place in the Community Room of the Boulder County Campus, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont. Admission is free. Seating is limited, and FRCC students will be given priority for seating.

This “living history” presentation is part of the Colorado Humanities’ Black History Live Tour.

Malcolm X was an influential and controversial African-American Muslim minister who was assassinated in 1965. Some say he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, while others say he preached racism and violence. He legacy remains today through his autobiography, the recordings of some of his speeches, recent biographies, and a 1992 film from director Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington.

In a Chautauqua performance, a scholar gives a dramatic monologue in costume and character. Pace is a well-established Chautauqua performer. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas and a master’s in American studies-history/anthropology from Purdue University.

After each performance, Pace invites audience members to pose challenging questions to the character; then, Pace “breaks character” and responds to questions as the scholar-artist, encouraging the audience members to tap into their own “inner creative calling.”

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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