We believe that the mission of Project Unspeakable, to challenge the official silence surrounding the “unspeakable” assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, while shedding light on the “unspeakables” of today, is even more timely now than it was when the Project was conceived in 2013.
We’ve created two scripts to tell the stories of these assassinations and raise questions about the persistence of the forces behind them. Various versions of those scripts have been read or performed during the 50th anniversary commemorations of the assassinations of JFK and Malcolm X and at activist and academic conferences. Hundreds of community reading participants have had the opportunity to explore the critically important issues raised (see Past Events). Together, we can shed the induced bafflement and inertia brought on by intentional media manipulation and subterfuge.
Truth and Reconciliation Commitee
On Martin Luther King's birthday in 2019, more than 60 prominent researchers, witnesses, activists and artists were joined by family members and relatives of Dr. King, Robert Kennedy and Malcolm X to call for a re-opening of the investigations into the murders of JFK, Malcolm X, MLK and Robert Kennedy, and calling for a Truth and Reconciliation process to determine why and under what circumstances these four iconic leaders were murdered. Project Unspeakable has been in contact with organizers and signatories of this call to action, and we are exploring avenues of cooperation and potential collaboration with this Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC). Many of these signatories are of a generation to remember these assassinations and their effect on a social change movement that was poised to shift the direction of America's political culture. We at Project Unspeakable share a concern that these voices need to be heard, while they are still here to bear witness! Please take a look at the call to action on the TRC website, as well as articles about this TRC initiative. We hope to have some updates for you in the coming months about our participation in this effort.
RIP Lenny Mather 1948-2018
Project Unspeakable was sad to note the passing of Lenny Mather, an important researcher in the assassinations of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Robert Kennedy. At a November 2018 memorial event in his honor, many spoke of his knowledge and passion for educating himself and others on these assassinations. At Project Unspeakable, we’re grateful for not only his research, but also his organizing assistance and connections that supported several important Project Unspeakable readings. Please find his obituary, along with statements by Randy Kehler and Jim Douglass that were read by Court Dorsey at the memorial event at this link.
Current and Recent Projects
- The University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for African, Caribbean and Community Development presented a major reading of the Documentary Script of Project Unspeakable in Boston on April 26, 2018. We were joined by students, faculty and administration for the reading, discussion and reception. Community artists, activists, and leaders also assisted with the reading. Readers for the event included Amilcar Shabazz and David Terkla from UMass, NPR's Christopher Lydon, and Abby Rockefeller. Post-reading discussion was led by Dr. Jemadari Kamara, Director of the UMass Boston Center for African, Caribbean and Community Development, as well as playwright Court Dorsey.
- Other communities are doing community readings of the Project Unspeakable Documentary Script as well – we’d love to have more community groups, classrooms and towns join those who have used the play to explore the history of the 1960s, the intersections of African American and White timelines, and the “unspeakables” of today — school-to-prison pipelines, police brutality, mass surveillance, extreme economic divides and covered-up crimes. See more on Use of the Scripts and Organizing a Reading, and get inspired with the Media Coverage from some past events.
- We are seeking partners for workshop and full productions of Project Unspeakable: The Play, the theatrical version of the Project Unspeakable script – please contact us if you’re interested in talking more. We are grateful for the support of the New York-based Convergences Theatre Collective and their lab of over 30 diverse “makers” for their support in developing the current draft of The Play.
What Can I Do?
You can be part of the Project Unspeakable movement, and there are lots of ways to be involved:
- Request a script to read
- Organize a reading or performance
- Donate to support the organization and our NY debut of the new script
- Sign up to be on the Project mailing list
- Learn more by exploring our Blog and Resources list
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- Contact us with your suggestions and fan mail
The Mixed Economy That Should Have Been
Court Dorsey, Project Unspeakable Playwright
Many Democratic commentators tell us that Bernie Sanders is unelectable, because he identifies as a “democratic socialist.” But if JFK had lived, a man who was already searching for a mixed economy that could heal the divides underlying the Cold War between socialist and capitalist countries, if Malcolm X had continued with his support for revolutions, like the Cuban revolution, which espoused the economic rights of all people, if Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy had survived, with their focus on poor people and the injustices of income inequality in the United States ... [continue reading]
The Term “Conspiracy Theory” — an Invention of the CIA
Having read JFK and the Unspeakable several years ago, I’ve been thinking about assassinations for quite a while and I’ve seen how “conspiracy theory” is used to shut off debate, to signal that we’re entering “the unspeakable” zone. So I began to wonder if the use of the term Conspiracy Theory might be a conspiracy itself.
So I went exploring, and surprise surprise, there is a 1967 CIA memo that puts forward a great many of the commonly heard rebuttals to the Warren Commission Report... [continue reading]
Corruption of Journalists by CIA is Routine
“Taught to lie, to betray and not to tell the truth to the public” — this is a quote taken from Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers, when he decided to come clean about his involvement with shadow government media scandals where he was threatened and convinced to write and publish false articles. “We have betrayed our readers, just to push for war … I don’t want this anymore, I’m fed up with this propaganda." ... [continue reading]