For Immediate Release
March 3, 2011
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"Moving the Chains" Tells Heroic Tale of Terp Darryl Hill
Olmert is an Emmy Award-winning author and playwright. He said Darryl Hill never really wanted to be a hero - just another player on the football field. But circumstances at the time forced the young man to look inward for strength and determination. "Moving the Chains" is Olmert's attempt to show how Hill dealt with racism - and turned it into a force for good during the Civil Rights era.
Last May, Hill attended a table reading of the play in Tawes Hall on campus. Students could not believe the discrimination he faced. Hill said people are "used to seeing the hoses and demonstrations of the '60s, but when you switch it over to football, it just doesn't seem to click in. I think it's time that the nation understood that the University of Maryland was on the forefront of integrating sports. The play is as much about me as it is about the [university's] administration of the time."
Mike Olmert said despite every obstacle - Darryl Hill succeeded at Maryland - and he succeeded in life. But not without a few bruises along the way.
"Moving the Chains" will have a stage reading March 21 at 7:45 p.m. at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. as part of its "Backstage at the Lincoln Series."
The performance will be followed by a Q & A with leading sports figures and journalists. Olmert says his ultimate goal is to have a staged production of the play - with Darryl Hill in attendance.
Listen to a 20 minute interview with Professor Olmert on Darryl Hill and the genesis of "Moving the Chains."
(Priya Kumar contributed to this release via Terp Magazine.)
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