At The Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6 -8:30 p.m.
This event is open to the public and is made possible by Frank Talk Multi-Media Network, the
T. Thomas Fortune Project and the Red Bank Public Library which is located at 84 W. Front Street
Red Bank Councilman, Ed Zipprich salutes Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials.
Artistic Director of Two River Theater, John Dias, salutes the Nobel Prize winning American playwright,
Eugene O’Neill. Community leader and educator, Isabel Lopez will salute Supreme Court Justice,
Sonia Sotomayor; Frank Talk Executive Producer, Gilda Rogers pays homage to poet, Nikki Giovanni;
Phyllis Ledbetter, Director of Asbury Park High School Youth Services Program, salutes the Congresswoman from
Texas, Barbara Jordan; Red Bank Regional High School graduate, John McMahon as
T. Thomas Fortune, the trailblazing African American journalist whose historic Red Bank home is the subject of
an intensive rescue and preservation effort; Actress and educator, Lorraine Stone, salutes Sojourner Truth;
Community activist, Sarah Klepner salutes Joanna Macy; Community member, Michael McCall salutes union organizer
and the architect of the March on Washington, A. Philip Randolph; Attorney John R. Tatulli rounds out the event
with a memorable excerpt that honors the voice of Madiba Nelson Mandela.
These and other fascinating figures from America’s past and present will be making their voices heard inside the Red Bank Public Library
on the evening of Thursday, December 12, at 6pm, when the T. Thomas Fortune House Preservation Project joins
Frank Talk MultiMedia Network and RBPL for “The People Speak LIVE,” an event in which “community-minded people from the greater
Red Bank area” recreate the words of pivotal people in our nation’s history. Hosted by journalist, businesswoman and cable TV
host Candace Kelley, this presentation is based on the documentary film “The People Speak” —
itself adapted from the late Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States.”
The film is a showcase of history-making voices such as, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Cesar Chavez and
others performed by notable actors and entertainers of our time.
The performance is designed to create discussion about issues that affect the day to day lives of people, from
immigration, violence, racism to gay rights and poverty. These are concerns that still plague this country and
The People Speak serves as a rallying call for people to rise up and speak out.
A discussion period will follow the free performance, and more information on the program can
be had by emailing email@example.com.