When Gold Turns Black

Present A Pre-Production Staged Reading of 
Written by Ron Wilks with Lawrence Winslow 
Directed by Count Stovall
Produced by Michael Green
Monday November 26, 2018
7:30 pm
Williams Institutional CME Church
2239 Adam C Powell Blvd between 131st - 132nd
$10 Minimum Donation Requested

Dear Friends & Supporters

We invite you to a dramatic staged reading that  revisits 1968 when two Olympians Tommy Smith and John Carlos displayed their activism by raising their fists as they were awarded their Gold and Bronze Medals for the 200 Meters. 

Voza Rivers/Jamal Joseph

New Heritage Theatre Group

The social unrest of the late 1960's coupled with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr sent shock waves of fear and hopelessness throughout the Country. It fueled resentment and resolve and gave birth to the black revolutionary. Tommie Smith and John Carlos are both heralded world class sprinters bound for Olympic glory but are fed up with systemic racism and the mistreatment of black Athletes. The two men make a solemn decision to use the world's largest stage to make a profound statement. Their powerful gesture defined a movement and inspired generations. This is their story.

This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, New York, City Council Member Bill Perkins, City Council Member Mark Levine, The New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations, Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair, NY State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo & New York State Legislature, NY State Assemblywoman Inez E. Dickens, NY State Senator Brian Benjamin, Gale Brewer, Office of the Manhattan Borough President, 

The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, CB 10 Arts & Culture Committee, 

Community WorksNYC, and Con Edison


  • Black By Popular Demand! "The Day Harlem Saved Dr. King!'

    Shades of Truth Theatre and Voza Rivers/ New Heritage Theatre

    in association with The Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center present

    The Day Harlem Saved Dr. King written and directed by Michael Green

  • Empowering a New Generation

    Republished from Captrust, Tuesday, January 29, 2019

    by Sylvana Smith

    From Black Panther and convict to writer, poet, producer, college professor, Academy Award nominee, and youth advocate, Jamal Joseph’s life has taken a circuitous path to the present. His is a story of perennial social activism, advancing lessons from his Black Panther days to empower a new generation.

    Excuse Me, Young Brother, I Just Did

  • NYS Senate and Assemby Honors New Heritage Theatre Group 55th Anniversary
    In celebration of Black Theatre and New Heritage's 55th Anniversary the New York State Assembly recently honored and recognized Voza Rivers and Jamal Joseph on the floor of the Assembly. Oscar nominated IMPACT members performed . 
    Robert Rodriguez, 68th Assembly District, Inez E. District 70th Assembly District, Al Taylor 71st Assembly District, issued the following signed statement:
    albany senate assemby honors New Heritage Theatre Group"We have an organization worthy of the esteem of both the community  and the Great State of New York." 
     Later that day Assembly Member Inez Dickens stated:

    "Special thanks to Voza Rivers and Jamal Joseph on 55 years of excellence and prosperity in the Harlem community through arts & culture for Harlem's youth! I especially want to thank IMPACT children for an amazing performance here in Albany.We wish them all the best!"


Staged Readings, Performing Arts Shows, Documentaries & Shorts
New Heritage Theatre Group Logo


Harlem Deserves Credit - Sky