By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor,

Smith, known for his roles in the Spike Lee Films, “Do the Right Thing,” “Malcolm X,” Summer of Sam,” and “School Daze,” among others, as well his portrayal of Black Panther Huey P. Newton and Rodney King on stage and screen, is touring the play nationwide. He was invited to perform at Morgan’s Murphy Fine Arts Center, by Morgan’s Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN) program, in conjunction with the James H. Gilliam, Jr. College of Liberal Arts.

Award-winning actor Roger Guenveur Smith brought Frederick Douglass to life in the 21st century, to the campus of Morgan State University with his one-man show, “Frederick Douglass Now!”

“His (Smith) interdisciplinary approach to storytelling, along with a commitment to ensuring Black history is included in the story of America, represent the work our program celebrates and prepares our students to create,” said Keith Mehlinger, associate professor and director of SWAN in a statement.

Smith’s monologue combines multiple genres including, spoken work, Hip Hop, and the sermon. After the performance at Murphy, Smith led a cross-campus march from the theatre, to the statue of Douglass at Holmes Hall, where he engaged a question and answer session.


Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor