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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee will host the one-man performance of “Black Boy, A Play,” at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Auditorium. The play is free and open to the public.

“Black Boy” is a theatrical adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1945 autobiography about his childhood in the Jim Crow South. The novel details Wright’s struggles against racism, hunger, poverty and oppression from his early years in Mississippi and Tennessee through his relocation to Chicago at the age of 18 to pursue a writing career.

The play will be performed by actor Charles Holt. He has appeared on Broadway in “The Lion King” and has had television and film roles in “Law and Order” and “Autumn in New York.” He is currently in his fourth touring season of “Black Boy.” Holt is a native of Nashville, Tenn.

The play is sponsored by the Student African American Brotherhood, the Department of English, the Geier Funding Board, the Black Cultural Programming Committee and Strange Fruit On Stage Productions.

For more information contact the Black Cultural Center at (865)974-4738 or