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Memorial To Be Held For Civil Rights Activist, Playwright John O'Neal

In the bitter strife of the civil rights 60s, three young African American activists founded the Free Southern Theater. They used storytelling to encourage  civil dialogue, traveling to small towns across the south. One of founders, John O’Neal, ended up in New Orleans in the 70s and established Junebug Productions - to support art and challenge inequality. O’ Neal passed away on February 14th. A memorial will take place Saturday March 29 at Ashe Cultural Center - Karl Lengel sat down with Ashe’s Carol Bebelle to remember O’Neal.


Karl Lengel has worked in the lively arts as an actor, announcer, manager, director, administrator and teacher. In broadcast, he has accumulated over two decades of on-air experience and is currently WWNO’s anchor for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and a host for “Louisiana Considered”. He holds a BS in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University and an MFA in Film and Theatre from the University of New Orleans.

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