Martin Luther King Jr.’s former jail cellmate and an actress who has portrayed Harriet Tubman more than 300 times are teaming up to tell the story of the “Long Road to Freedom” on Thursday at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center.
Chuck Fager, 76, was a young white man from up North when he joined the voting rights campaign in Selma, Alabama alongside King in February of 1965. Fager marched with King on the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma to Montgomery where protesters were met with police retaliation. As a result, many protesters were arrested, including Fager, who ended up in a jail cell overnight with King.
Since the end of the movement, Fager has continued to spread his story of what he said was a very formative experience for a naive white boy.
“I try to be clear about how naive I was back then,” Fager said. “I made some mistakes.”
Fager said he believes it’s very important to him to preserve and pass on the past, which is why he said he is looking forward to working with Diane Faison, who has been performing as Harriet Tubman since 1988.