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Carole Mikita ReportingIn celebration of African American History Month, actors Danny Glover and Felix Justice traveled to Salt Lake for a special performance. That performance was tonight at Calvary Baptist Church.
Both returned for the second annual event in the sanctuary titled "An Evening with Martin and Langston,” the two actors performing the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his literary hero, Langston Hughes.
“Comin' from a black man's soul, oh, blues..."
Eight hundred filled the sanctuary to listen to the art of language from two men who used words to define and change America. Danny Glover as Langston Hughes and Felix Justice Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I did try in my life to feed those who were hungry..."
Danny Glover, 'An Evening with Martin and Langston'" you have two men who have used their talent and who they are to speak out in the name of justice..."
"That I was a drum major for justice..."
Felix Justice, 'An Evening with Martin and Langston: '"Our lives as human beings are always in flux and I think that universal truths always apply..."
"If I can spread the message that the master taught, then my living will not be in vain..."
The evening closed with the words of two extraordinary Americans used as a catalyst for discussion, as their words have been used for decades.
Glover and Justice have performed this program for more than -300 audiences all over the world.
Earlier today Felix Justice spoke to all of the students at Whittier Elementary School in two assemblies, delivering his favorite of Dr. King's words. Justice and Glover often perform for college age audiences, they have done some 300 shows around the world, but both relish opportunities to reach children.
Quinn Nicolich, 5th grader, Whittier Elementary School: "I think Mr. Justice really put it into perspective because things like, you really have to love your enemies and understand everybody and not hold grudges really." Tanya Moser, 5th grader, Whittier Elementary School: “He told us new things that I didn’t even know, like that love thing.”
Felix Justice: "This is our audience to find them when they’re just forming their personalities and just forming their values. This is it and so I just cannot tell you how gratified I am to be here at this Whittier School today."
Glover and Justice call themselves 'frustrated educators'. I watched the students and they were fascinated.