This Fall, award-winning actor and actress, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Basset will star in the Broadway play The Mountaintop. The Mountaintop, written by Katori Hall and directed by Kenny Leon, will depict the series of events before the untimely death of revolutionary Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. played by Samuel L. Jackson.

The play brings us back to the evening of April 3, 1968 after Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers one of his most famous speeches “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” As he settles into his hotel room in Memphis, a woman played by Angela Bassett, shares news that forces Martin to come face-to-face with his destiny.

The play will debut on October 13, 2011 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City, following the official ceremony for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial which recently opened in Washington D.C.

Take a look at the video below where Samuel L. Jackson discusses why this play is important for our youth to see:

Will you go out and see ‘The Mountaintop’?

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  • lee

    Why is the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech referred to as being infamous in this article? It was the speech he gave on the night before his assassination, but the speech itself is far from disgraceful or dishonorable. The speech itself is one of my favorite Dr. King speeches. Someone please clarify this for me. Thanks.

  • Fri

    I’m so glad the female casting choice changed from what it was a few months ago: Halle Berry!