Ep. 35: Moses T. Alexander Greene on the Significance and Real Story Behind Theatre Raleigh’s ‘The Scottsboro Boys’
The story of The Scottsboro Boys, which began in 1931 and evolved over the course of 80 plus years, has inspired books, documentaries, songs, movies, and even a Broadway musical. But the significance of this case transcends pop culture and speaks to racial injustice in this country in a way that feels timely and relevant for right now.
About the Guest
Moses T. Alexander Greene is an unconventional playwright, cultural arts producer, performer, and artistic director whose commitment to the arts and creative scholarship continues to impact a myriad of landscapes. A sixth-generation New Yorker (Long Island), he is a double graduate of Syracuse University with a Master’s in New Media Management and a dual Bachelor’s in African American Studies and Writing for Television, Radio, and Film. He has served as Chief Communications Officer/Assistant Professor of Media & Film at Saint Augustine’s University. In 2013, he was one of 20 educators nationwide named as a Fellow of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (EMMY) Foundation. As an arts advocate, Greene currently serves Raleigh in several capacities: vice-chair of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, chair of the Commission’s Racial Equity, Access and Inclusion Task Force and board member of the African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County. He is also the visionary behind Nia Kuumba, a special audition that provides singers and actors of various ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and gender identities as well as performers with disabilities with an opportunity to audition for over 30 local and regional professional and community theatres at one time. After two years serving as director of the African American Cultural Center at NC State, Greene recently resigned to pursue producing cultural arts programs full-time, including serving as artistic director of Li V Mahob Productions, a Raleigh-based theater company he founded in 2018. As artistic director of Li V Mahob, he is committed to uplifting narratives of the diverse experiences of African Americans and African diasporic cultures through performance art. The first production of the company, a work written by Greene called POOLED, held its world premiere that February at the Kennedy Theater of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. The National Black Theatre Festival named POOLED as “one of the best 25 black theatre productions of the U.S., Africa, Europe and the Caribbean” and selected it as a main stage production. Greene is also the dramaturg and historian for Theatre Raleigh’s production of ‘The Scottsboro Boys’.
Resources and Credits
- National Archives: The Scottsboro Boys, Injustice in Alabama
- American Experience: Scottsboro, An American Tragedy
- Pittsburgh-Post Gazette: The Real Life Scottsboro Boys, a Timeline of Injustice
- University of Alabama: To See Justice Done, Letters from The Scottsboro…
- THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS: What You Need to Know Before You Go
Photo: Juanita E. Jackson visiting The Scottsboro Boys, January 1937, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Visual Materials from the NAACP Records, LC-USZ62-116731.
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