Martin Luther King On Screen | Tommy Davidson | The Appeal Of Chess

Jan 14, 2016

Tommy Davidson has worn many hats in the world of entertainment. Stand-up comic, sketch player on the hit show “In Living Color”, and actor in such films as Black Dynamite and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Now, Davidson travels to Georgia to bring his unique comic stylings to the Atlanta Comedy Theatre. Host Celeste Headlee sits down with the influential entertainer to talk about his past successes and his future plans. And every actor who’s had had the opportunity to play Martin Luther King, Jr. on screen offers a different take on the iconic Civil Rights leader. Host Celeste Headlee discusses cinematic portrayals of King with Morehouse University professor Stephane Dunn, Rev. Gerald Durley, who was friends with MLK, and actor Clifton Powell, who played King in the 1999 television film, “Selma, Lord, Selma.” Plus, 500 students from around Georgia gathered in Athens for a chess tournament over the weekend. But for Lemuel LaRoche, the founder and director of Chess and Community, which hosted the tournament, chess is much more than a game. He uses it as a tool to teach at-risk youth to think before they react and how to apply these critical thinking skills to life. Producer Linda Chen stopped by the tournament and brings us an audio postcard. Then, host Celeste Headlee talks about the appeal of chess to people of all ages with Paul Hoffman, the President and CEO of the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey.