Written by on May 8, 2020

Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required was motivated by the themes from the Apollo and Opera Philadelphia’s October 2017 opera, We Shall Not Be Moved. This community conversation featured an excerpt of the award-winning documentary Let the Fire Burn, which covered one of the most tumultuous (and largely forgotten) clashes between government and citizens in modern American history. There was also a focus on some of today’s problems in Urban America that the film addressed, particularly law enforcement and community relations and the lack of youth and family services. 

Co-moderated by Solomon Jones from Philadelphia’s WURD-AM/FM and Imhotep Gary Byrd from New York City’s WBAI-FM, this WURD Radio digital special is in partnership with The Apollo Theater and WABI-FM.

If you enjoyed this WURD Radio digital special, we invite you to check out Opera Philadelphia’s first-ever Digital Festival which continues with “We Shall Not Be Moved.” The broadcast premiere will take place on WHYY TV-12 (Comcast 812 & FiOs 512) on Sunday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m. The digital stream will premiere on OperaPhiladelphia.org on Sunday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. and will be available for viewing until Monday, August 31. Discover more about the Digital Festival here. You can also get more information by going to the Apollo Theater.

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