Written by Ian Finley

Directed by Jerome Davis

In the summer of 1960, the Raleigh City School Board met and voted to begin the desegregation of Raleigh City Schools.  That September, a seven year old African American student began the second grade at the Murphey School.  He was the first black student to attend a white school in Raleigh.  This series of events capped off a years-long battle that began with the passage of Brown vs the Board of Education.  Burning Coal company members have gone out into the community and interviewed people who were among the participants in the civil rights movement.  Playwright Ian Finley has then crafted from many interviews and hundreds of hours of research a play that takes us on a whimsically poignant journey to the heart of that distant time.



Burning Coal Theatre Presents 1960: Raleigh’s Birth Pangs of Racial Equality by Jeffrey Rossman for CVNC