WARREN - Marvin Jefferson paced behind the Ohio Chautauqua tent on Mahoning Avenue; he sputtered his lips, closed his eyes and dove into the mind of Martin Luther King Jr. before his Saturday evening performance.
"You just try to focus," he said. "As they call it in the theater, it's magic time."
Jefferson took to the stage for the final night of the free, traveling show sponsored and presented by Ohio Humanities Council that features historical characterizations. It is hosted locally by the Tribune Chronicle and the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library and is in partnership with Trumbull 100 and the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau, with support from the Warren Library Association.
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Jefferson talked about King’s time in jail, the struggle of the Civil Rights movement and its impact on the leader’s personal life.
Jefferson gave a riveting and humorous portrayal of King's time in jail, the struggle of the Civil Rights movement and its impact on the leader's personal life.
"I know we will win; this is God's movement," he said in character.
Jefferson, like the rest of the week's scholars, researched extensively for his part Saturday, absorbing the minute idiosyncrasies of his figure in order to present
She said she looks forward to the local Ohio Chautauqua tour, as did more than 2,700 people over this year's five-day stop. Ray Cline of Vienna made it a point to attend each speaker this year.
"I like hearing the living history. You learn more about the people that you're listening to and about the actors," he said.
Cline said he saw Jefferson perform previously and was looking forward to this year's performance. The tour will continue this week in New Richmond and then Worthington.