Bowie State University's (BSU) Performing Arts Center partners with The Elder Theodore L. Barber Scholarship Foundation, Inc. presented a staged reading on the life of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall on Thursday, February 25, 2010. Leading up to the main event the Oxon Hill High School Choir presented a mini-concert. The event proceeds were donated to the scholarship foundation for Bowie State University students. |
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend made opening remarks, followed by the play which featured a cast of judges from Maryland and Washington, D.C. Written and directed by District of Columbia Administrative Law Judge Paul Handy, the staged reading featured Maryland Court of Appeals' Chief Judge Robert Bell in the role of Thurgood Marshall. Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown played the role of Spottswood Robinson, Marshall's colleague, Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Sheila Tillerson-Adams played the role of Buster, Marshall's first wife, Prince George's County Judges Thurman Rhodes and Larnzell Martin portrayed Robert Carter and Walter White, colleagues of Marshall, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Gauvey of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland portrayed the University of Maryland admissions officer who denied Marshall admission to its law school in 1930. Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Albert Northrop played the voice of the Supreme Court and D.C. Administrative Law Judge Nicholas Cobbs portrayed John Davis, Marshall's opposing counsel who argued Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954.
Photographers: Rebecca Bailey and Jerry Isaac