January 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
Centerstage hosts Black Pride Night
theater, Shawn Hamilton, Katori Hall, gay news, Washington Blade

Shawn Hamilton in CenterStage’s production of the Mountaintop. (Photo by Richard Anderson; courtesy of Centerstage)

For the Jan. 15 performance of “The Mountaintop,” Centerstage theater held “LGBT Night” in which board members from Baltimore Black Pride (BBP) were invited to attend. Jan. 15 is Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday. BBP founder Carlton R. Smith and chair Kevin Clemons presented to the audience a brief history of the organization while interim vice-chair Kimberli Lagree Simmons briefly discussed BBP’s new theme.

“This was an opportunity to let Baltimore Black Pride broaden our scope of this year’s Pride season to the community at large and to launch our new theme ‘New Era: Evolution 2013,’” said Smith. Members of the audience made cash donations to the organization.

“The Mountaintop,” running through Feb. 24 at Centerstage, is a fictionalized account of Dr. Martin Luther King’s final night before his assassination.

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