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The Charlotte Center presents The Forum Featuring Douglas Tappin

Sep 17, 2021 Stage Door Theater

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The Charlotte Center for the Humanities & Civic Imagination presents The Forum featuring Douglas Tappin, librettist, lyricist, and composer of I Dream, an award-winning musical-dramatic production honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In intimate conversation with Douglas Tappin, audience members will explore ‘dreaming in reality.’

The Charlotte Center is presenting this Forum event with Douglas Tappin in collaboration with Opera Carolina and in partnership with Charlotte SHOUT.  The event will include a musical performance from I Dream, remarks from Tappin, audience interaction, and spoken word poetry in conjunction with Boom Charlotte.  Tappin is a former Barrister born and educated in the United Kingdom.  Tappin earned an additional postgraduate degree from Atlanta’s McAfee School of Theology. 

The Forum is a conversation and speaker series that brings people and ideas together. The Forum has a three-part structure:

  • Audience members connect with each other prompted by a question;
  • Consider ideas presented by a speaker;
  • Discuss a community-facing question, igniting new possibilities and interactions.

The Charlotte Center is a community forum and civic action catalyst that invites people into meaningful connection and problem-solving informed by deep consideration of the human experience.  The mission of The Charlotte Center is to help people and communities flourish. Visit

Opera Carolina is the largest opera company in the Carolinas. I Dream, a look back at the early days of the Civic Rights movement that would reshape America, runs at the Belk Theatre on Sept. 16, 18, and 19. Visit  

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