This year's Heritage Festival play, "Martin Said So," features a new partnership between West T. Hill Community Theatre and festival umbrella organization Citizens Concerned for Human Relations. It also will be dedicated to two prominent members of the African-American Community, Marvin "Bennie" Phillips (1935-2003) and Rosetta Marshall (1939-2003).
Festival chairman J.H. Atkins says Phillips was a founder and one of the original board members for CCHR. Phillips also portrayed John W. Bate, a noted local educator, in plays for the festival.
Marshall was a local hairdresser, says Atkins, who played the piano and organ.
"She has played at every African-American church in the community," Atkins notes. "She provided music for all of our plays."
A reception will follow the show. Admission to the performance of "Martin Said So" is a non-perishable food item that will be donated to The Salvation Army's food pantry.
New to Heritage Festival XI is a Chautauqua performance by Haley Bowling of Anna Mac Clark as well as a reading by Danville native Frank X Walker from his book "Buffalo Dance." Kid activities this year include storytelling, ethnic weaving and a diversity persentation by the Kids on the Block puppeteers.