By Libby Smith

DENVER (CBS4) – MLK Day is an opportunity for the nation to celebrate the tremendous leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the great strides society took during the civil rights movement.

Two actors are currently steeped in that history as they prepare to play Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a play called “All The Way”. The political drama focuses on King’s relationship with President Lyndon Baines Johnson as the two worked to get the Civil Right Act passed.

“It’s interesting to explore all the little chemical reactants, or accelerants, that led up to the actual explosion that we know as the victories of the civil rights movement,” said Terence Archie, who plays Dr. King.

Rehearsal for the play 'All The Way' (Credit CBS)

Rehearsal for the play ‘All The Way’ (Credit CBS)

“All The Way” focuses on the man behind the legend that Dr. King has become, showing the personal sacrifices that he made to further the movement.

“It was him overcoming or challenging his fears that allowed him to become the leader that he was for the civil rights movement,” said Tracey Conyer Lee, who plays Coretta Scott King.

“All The Way” runs from Jan. 29 to Feb. 28 at the Stage Theatre. For tickets go to www.denvercenter.org or call 800.641.1222.

Libby Smith is a Special Projects Producer at CBS4. If you have a story you’d like to tell CBS4 about, call 303-863-TIPS (8477) or visit the News Tips section.

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