Civil Rights figure and author Simeon Wright will be the featured storyteller for a very special Tales from the South Tin Roof Project on Thursday evening, Jan. 31. The live taping of the radio series will be at Starving Artist Café in the Argenta Arts District, Downtown North Little Rock. Live music by Finger Food with Steve Davison and Micky Rigby. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner and drinks are served 5-6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

It took more than 50 years for Simeon Wright to talk about his cousin’s death. He shared his pain in his book Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till (Lawrence Hill Books, an imprint of Chicago Review Press, January 2010, ages 12 and up). It is a coming-of-age memoir and the very first eyewitness account of the kidnapping that adds a vital contribution to America’s civil rights history.

Simeon Wright is a popular public speaker at schools, churches, and cultural institutions throughout the country. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. This show is made possible by William F. Laman Public Library in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities’ traveling exhibit "For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights."

Tickets are $7.50 for the show, plus the cost of dinner and drinks. Seating is very limited.

Tickets can be purchased online at

This show will air on KUAR (89.1) in Central Arkansas on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.