Malcolm, Martin, and Me at Whitman

In celebration of Black History Month, students had the opportunity to see JD Lawrence’s play Malcolm, Martin and Me.
In celebration of Black History Month, students had the opportunity to see JD Lawrence’s play Malcolm, Martin and Me.
Victor Landol played the part of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Victor Landol played the part of Dr. Martin Luther King.
JD Lawrence makes an appearance in the play he wrote.
JD Lawrence makes an appearance in the play he wrote.
Malcolm and Martin “come back” to enlighten today’s troubled youth.
Malcolm and Martin “come back” to enlighten today’s troubled youth.
Lucky (right) takes matters into his own hands and his actions put him face to face with Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King (left).
Lucky (right) takes matters into his own hands and his actions put him face to face with Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King (left).
The role of Malcolm was played by Jarett Scantlebury.
The role of Malcolm was played by Jarett Scantlebury.
There is much to be learned from the experiences of these historical figures.
There is much to be learned from the experiences of these historical figures.
JD Lawrence shares his intentions in presenting his play to the high school students.
JD Lawrence shares his intentions in presenting his play to the high school students.
Thank you to the actors at Who’s Laughing Now for a powerful performance.
Thank you to the actors at Who’s Laughing Now for a powerful performance.

Walt Whitman High School would like to thank the PTA Cultural Arts program for providing our students the opportunity to see JD Lawrence’s ‘Malcolm, Martin, and Me’ last week as part of our continued celebration of Black History Month. Without the continued dedication of our PTA parents, performances such as these would not be possible.  Everyone enjoyed the play as it allowed our students to reflect upon our diversity, and grow as "globally minded" citizens. 

After speaking with JD’s wife Shannon Lawrence, she tells us how this performance is geared towards teaching our youth of the experiences that encompass Black History. In this powerful play, the historical figures Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King appear and show their disappointment in today’s youth. They “come back” with intentions to try to enlighten today’s youth about how different they should be rather than how they are now, based on the experiences of these historical icons.

“We want to give Whitman’s students a little take of what these two men experienced in the older days with the hope that they can implement that message into today’s society,” Shannon shared as she described the message of the performance. “Martin, Malcolm and Me is a story about love, forgiveness, self-awareness and keeping your eye on the prize.”

Playing the part of Martin was Victor Landol, Malcolm was played by Jarett Scantlebury, and Lucky was played by JD Lawrence’s son Ron Lee. JD Lawrence wrote the play himself and appeared in many roles throughout as well. JD performs nationally and regionally with the company Who’s Laughing Now, doing everything from television to live performances and as of most recently producing the film version of Malcolm, Martin and Me to be released at the end of February.

Thank you again to our PTA Cultural Arts program.