“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”
—President John F. Kennedy
The play, Project Unspeakable, is a vehicle for challenging the silence surrounding the “unspeakable” assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy. The scripts makes clear that these are not just stories that point to criminal actions on the part of “dark forces”. Perhaps more importantly, they are inspiring accounts of human transformation, of human awakening, on the part of all four leaders—which was precisely what made them so “dangerous.” Believing that transformation is possible, for us as well as our leaders, can be a welcome source of hopefulness that is often sorely lacking in these difficult times.
Even though polls have consistently revealed that a majority of Americans have always believed that elements of the U.S. Government were responsible for some or all of these assassinations, we fully anticipate that some people’s initial reaction may well be: “Why dig up these old pieces of history? Okay, so the government was responsible. What does that have to do with the problems we’re faced with today? Isn’t this just a distraction?” These and similar questions are deliberately raised, and addressed, as part of the Project script.
Thomas Merton wrote in 1965:
“One of the awful facts of our age is the evidence that [the world] is stricken indeed, stricken to the very core of its being by the presence of the Unspeakable…[that] too few are willing to see.”
The Project hopes not only to bring back into focus the inspiring legacies of these four men, but also to shed light on the role of today’s ever-more-powerful ‘National Security State’ as it relates to various lies and cover-ups that too few people are willing to challenge. Ultimately, the goal of Project Unspeakable is to motivate people to demand and work for governmental and corporate openness, transparency, and democratic accountability, which we believe is a prerequisite for effectively addressing the multiple social, political, and environmental crises we currently face.
Project Unspeakable: an introductory reading of the four main characters [Audience Members can volunteer to read one of the parts - come early so you can get your choice]
President John F. Kennedy - November 22, 1963
Malcolm X - February 21, 1965
Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. April 4, 1968
U. S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, June 6, 1968
"A Way Home"
Reads from her first time Novel with
semi-autobiographical themes set
in Neward, NJ.
Katherine Jenkins (Djom) is a mother-doula-educator-artist-activist and a founding member of Margaret Moseley Cooperative, a family-friendly UUCC house in Roxbury rooted in the values of sustainability, spiritual growth & social justice. Katherine has raised her 2 sons in Roxbury/Dorchester and is a former teacher of Humanities at Boston Arts Academy. She is passionate about various aspects of decolonization and dismantling/replacing White Supremacy, including embracing Sankofa by centering marginalized narratives of the unfolding and historical legacies of slavery and colonialism, and healing communities based around traditional wisdom and embodied spiritual practices, such as drum & dance, yoga, etc. In addition to writing and teaching about these topics, currently Katherine is in deep study of Afro Flow Yoga, and is writing a coming-of-age novel about a teen grappling with a complex identity in 1980s Boston.
Set in the 1980’s, A Way Home* is the coming-of-age story of Claire, a young white woman whose parents relocated to the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston shortly before Claire’s birth to pursue professorships at the local university. Following the tragic death of Claire’s mother in her early childhood, Claire’s reserved and introverted father retreats further from the world outside of his office study and university lectures, relying heavily on the older Haitian widow who lives next door, affectionately known to all as Grann, to help care for Claire. Growing up under Grann’s caring wing in a neighborhood where she is a minority, Claire simultaneously gains deep insights into her neighbors’ lives and histories while struggling to understand her own place - both in Grann’s family, in their neighborhood and in the wider society.
The summer leading up to her senior year of high school, Claire’s journey of self-discovery and longing for belonging takes on a new twist when she and Grann’s grandson, Emmanuel, visiting from Haiti, form a life-changing connection during his stay at Grann’s during the vacation months. In the wake of Emmanuel’s departure, Claire discovers she is pregnant and agonizes over whom to turn to for support amidst a widening circle of loss.
Claire’s navigation of the worlds of identity, inequality, dysfunction and teen motherhood challenges notions of family and race, and highlights both the poisonous impact of white supremacy as well as the oft neglected stories of the black and immigrant community where she lives. Ultimately, Claire’s odyssey leads her to a deeper understanding of family and home, and to embrace the unconventional life she’s both inherited and built for herself.
*A Way Home is the working title; subject to change
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