New Works / New Voices
Four monologues on the themes of Layla F. Saad’s Me and White Supremacy.
Running Time: ~ 40 minutes

Toward a more just world.

An evening of original work written in response to Layla F. Saad’s Me and White Supremacy. Locally-based theater artists Gracy Brown, Tenisi Davis, Tamika Pettway, and Terrence Riggins continue Dr. King’s legacy through four new monologues, performed on stage at Westport Country Playhouse.



A call to action

For our community’s 15th annual celebration of the life and work of Dr. King, the Playhouse is once again partnering with the Westport Library, TEAM Westport, The Westport/Weston Interfaith Council, and the Westport/Weston Interfaith Clergy.

Together, we invite our entire community — those who live, work, study, and participate in the life of Westport, Fairfield County, and adjacent counties — to join us as we begin the work needed in 2021 to meet King’s call to action, as urgent now as it was in 1968. For a members of a community such as Westport, that begins with a challenge to understand our place of comfort and the work we each, as individuals, need to do to transform ourselves and our society into a more equitable and just one.

This year we are moving the celebration online and, with three different events, expanding opportunities to be engaged and meet the moment. We launch our call to action on Sunday, January 17 with a rare opportunity to hear Layla F. Saad, celebrated author of Me and White Supremacy. Then on Tuesday, January 19, we join together as a community for tools and motivation to begin our challenge; and on Thursday, January 21, we’ll close with an inspirational evening of monologues from four Black theater artists responding to the work of Dr. King and the themes of Ms. Saad’s book.

All events are FREE and open to the public with RSVP.




Layla F. Saad, celebrated author of the groundbreaking book Me and White Supremacy, will discuss her work with TEAM Westport’s Bernicestine McLeod Bailey. As a widely read writer, a globally sought speaker, and a national podcast host, Layla F. Saad is passionate about creating inspiration, education and activation for personal and collective change in the world. Her work is driven by a powerful desire to become a good ancestor; to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation, especially for Black girls and Black women. Hosted by TEAM Westport.

See the recorded event through Thursday, January 21, at 7:00PM on the Westport Library’s Vimeo Channel.

Tools and support for the 28-day challenge.

Toward the goals of accepting our roles and responsibilities in building a more perfect union, join community leaders from our partner organizations as they discuss ways to participate in the 28-challenge from Me and White Supremacy. Hosted by WestportREADS.

Missed it live? Watch a recording on the Westport Library YouTube channel.


Jenny Nelson
Director of Education and Community Outreach
Westport Country Playhouse

Rev. Alison Patton
Pastor of Saugatuck Congregational Church, UCC

Harold Bailey Jr.
Chair, TEAM Westport

Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
When Layla F. Saad ran a free month-long Instagram challenge during the summer of 2018, she had no idea it would become an international cultural movement. Thousands of people from around the world were galvanized by the #MEANDWHITESUPREMACY challenge, examining and owning responsibility for the ways in which they uphold white supremacy.

Beginning on February 1, during Black History Month, the greater Westport community will embark upon Ms. Saad’s challenge.

The Westport Library has a limited number of books and e-books available to lend. Reserve one here. If you would like to purchase your own copy, we encourage you to reach out to Black-owned independent bookstores.





New Works / New Voices
Four monologues on the themes of Layla F. Saad’s Me and White Supremacy.
Running Time: ~ 40 minutes
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