“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” — Muhammad Ali
In the past year, tensions have been high as St. Louis struggles with racial and economic inequity, strained relationships with law enforcement and disenfranchised youth unsure of their role in our community.
Through the story of young Cassius Clay Jr. (Muhammad Ali) and his life in Jim Crow Louisville, Kentucky, audiences will gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues that contribute to inequity in our community through a historical context. Audiences will be inspired by the decision of young Cassius Clay to reach beyond personal success to achieve greater community good.
THE CASSIUS PROJECT will offer a series of community programs, wrap-around tools and resources with the production that will educate audiences and then engage and empower them to find ways to get personally involved in making St. Louis a stronger community.
With the potential to directly serve more than 11,000 people – over 8,000 of them youth – THE CASSIUS PROJECT presents an opportunity to begin long term change in St. Louis and address youth disenfranchisement. Specific and measurable goals include: