Roger on Roger: 5 Iconic Roles
Roger Guenveur Smith '77 reflects on the characters that have stayed with him the most
FREDERICK DOUGLASS, Frederick Douglass Now
Inspired by Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight and mentored by professors David Axeen and Mary Jane Hewitt, I commence a monologue, still in progress, in Herrick Chapel.
SMILEY, Do the Right Thing
Improvising the stuttering hero in [writer-director Spike Lee’s] Oscar-nominated classic. MMMalcolm. MMMartin.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, Christopher Columbus 1992
My Columbus is still among us: a lounge entertainer, with political aspirations, who runs a travel agency on the side.
HUEY P. NEWTON, A Huey P. Newton Story
His brother and sister are in the audience. His widow is front-row center. It’s trial by fire, Oakland-style.
RODNEY KING, Rodney King
What was intended as a simple memorial prayer continues to resonate—tragically—in our post-racial America.
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