"Kings of Harlem," Layon Gray’s ("Black Angels Over Tuskegee") acclaimed Off-Broadway play, will appear at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 on the main stage at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. “Kings of Harlem,” www.kingsofharlem.com, is presented by Dedria A. Lunderman, owner of DAL Consulting Group LLC.
Kings of Harlem depicts the story of the Harlem Rens, the first all African American basketball team formed in the 1920s and their struggles against the overt racism and discrimination encountered in establishing their legitimacy as a professional team. They eventually broke through and were allowed to play against white teams and went on a historic winning streak — even winning 112 games and losing only seven in one season. In their nearly three-decade existence, the Rens compiled an impressive record of 2,588 — 529. In 1963, the entire team was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame. They paved the way for the Harlem Globetrotters as well as the wealth of young, talented African American players that grace the NBA courts today.
Tickets for "Kings of Harlem” are $37.50 and went on sale Aug. 1. All seats are available directly from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office, www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or call 850-729-6000.