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 August 9, 2019

Nationally-Acclaimed Artists Mike Wiley, Jaki Shelton and Gospel Singer Jennifer Evans Visit Freedom Rides Museum 

(Montgomery, AL) On Friday, August 9, at 1:00pm, nationally-acclaimed playwright and actor,Mike Wiley, North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton, and Gospel Vocalist Jennifer Evans will visit the Freedom Rides Museum in conjunction with their performance ofBreach of Peace at The Sanctuary. We invite the media to join us in welcoming these artists to Montgomery.

Wiley, Evans, and Shelton are collaborating for a special performance event benefitting theFreedom Rides Museum. Wiley will perform his one-act, interactive play, Breach of Peace, based on true accounts of surviving participants of the1961 Freedom Rides and others who risked everything to face the dangers of fighting for justice and equal treatment for all.Intensely researched and brilliantly crafted, Breach of Peace is an audience interactive experience accompanied by Evans and Shelton.

Tonight’s performance is hosted by theFriends of the Freedom Rides Museum, a non-profit board supporting the mission and activities of the Freedom Rides Museum.

The Freedom Rides Museum is a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission.To learn more about the Freedom Rides Museum, or the Alabama Historical Commission, please


MIKE WILEY PHOTO CREDIT Please credit Chris Charles with all photos.

JAKI SHELTON GREEN PHOTO CREDIT Please credit North Carolina Arts Council.


About Mike Wiley:

Acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley has spent the last decade fulfilling his mission to bring educational theatre to young audiences and communities across the country. In the early days of his career, Wiley found few theatrical resources to shine a light on key events and figures in African-American history. To bring these stories to life, he started his own production company.

Through his performances, Wiley has introduced countless students and communities to the legacies of Emmett Till, Henry “Box” Brown and more. His recent works include a one-man play based on Tim Tyson’s memoir Blood Done Sign My Name and The Parchman Hour, an ensemble production celebrating the bravery and determination of the Freedom Riders who risked their lives to desegregate Southern interstate bus travel in 1961.

Mike Wiley has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the 2010 and 2014 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his numerous school and community performances, he has also appeared on Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and National Geographic Channel and has been featured in Our State magazine and on PBS’ North Carolina Now and WUNC’s The State of Things.

About Jaki Shelton Green

Jaki Shelton Green is an American poet. In November 2009, she was named the first Piedmont Laureate by a collection of Triangle-area arts councils. She currently resides in Mebane, North Carolina. Green teaches Documentary Poetry at Duke University within the Center for Documentary Studies.

About the Freedom Rides Museum
Working with concerned citizens, The Alabama Historical Commission saved the Greyhound Bus Station from demolition in the mid-1990s. The Museum is located at the intersection of S. Court St. and Adams Avenue in downtown Montgomery. An award-winning exhibit on the building's exterior traces the Freedom Riders' history. It uses words and images of the Freedom Riders, those who supported them, and those who opposed them. Interior exhibits highlight additional information on the Freedom Riders and the way in which buildings were designed for racial segregation. Today, the Alabama Historical Commission operates this significant site.

About the Alabama Historical Commission

Locatedin historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please

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