Wednesday, December 5, 2012

BAM Actress Doris Knight Samuels Joins Ancestors

Doris Knight Samuels was recruited into the Black Arts Movement circa 1975 while we were teaching at San Francisco State University. When we taught drama at Oakland's Laney College, 1981, Doris performed the role of Eternal Woman in my play In the Name of Love. We last saw Doris at the 2012 San Francisco Juneteenth Festival. "I knew I would run into you," were her last words to me. Doris, we love you and miss, but know we will see you one day soon.
--Marvin X

Right to left, Doris Knight as Eternal Woman, Ayodele Nzinga, the Other Woman,
Zahieb Mwongozi as Eternal Man, a scene from In the Name of Love by Marvin X, Laney College Theatre, 1981. Doris and Ayo later performed in Marvin X's One Day in the Life, a docudrama
of his addiction and recovery, 1996-2000, the longest running Black drama in Northern California.

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