Just in time for the Juneteenth, The Young and the Restless star Mishael Morgan has created a project for the holiday and the Black Lives Matter movement. For the project, she tapped soap stars and others to participate in a powerful video.
Mishael Morgan returned to ‘The Young and the Restless’ later this year
Morgan was first known for her critically-acclaimed role of Hilary Curtis on the soap. She left the show in 2019, only to return as the character Amanda Sinclair, just a few months after Hillary died on the show.
The actress allegedly departed ways with the soap over contract renegotiations but ended up coming back after the initial exit. For her work on the show, Morgan has been nominated twice for the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Details about the ‘I Have a Dream Project’
On Friday, Morgan released a project that she created and executive produced, called the I Have a Dream Project. It is described as a “creative contribution” to the Black Lives Matter movement in honor of Juneteenth. The video features a reinterpretation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream speech,” read by several other actors and creatives.
The official description via a press release:
The ‘I Have A Dream Project’ is an Actor’s contribution to the global Black Lives Matter Movement. We believe as Nina Simon once said, “It is an artist’s DUTY to reflect the times”. In that vein, this project is a modern reinterpretation of the “I Have a Dream Speech” that was delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington on August 28, 1963; in which he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism and segregation in the United States.
It remains one of the most iconic speeches in American History. This project attempted to bring this “dream” alive. With the collaboration of actors from diverse backgrounds, race, sexual orientation, and countries, putting their own unique cadence and convictions on the words spoken by Dr. King Jr. The actors used the words of the speech to create a personal emphatic modernized monologue. Through this visual representation, we are hoping to continue to inspire social justice reform and address systemic racism on a global scale. Times have changed but the message remains the same.
What the actress said about the video and who participated
In the press release, Morgan said, “My heart broke when I looked at the state of the current world, I found myself breaking down for now reason. I felt like my soul was crying out and I needed an outlet. I believe it was God’s divining inspiration that led me to this idea,” she said. “Before I knew it, I had over 30 actors who wanted to bring their talents to the project. This is our form of expression, and it is a gift when you have words that shake you, like Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech. I looked his speech as a true masterpiece, a beautiful work of art and I wanted to reimagine it, so everyone can hear these worlds once more. I did not want his message to be forgotten, especially now. Times have changed but his message remains “…a great beacon light of hope.”
Over 30 actors contributed to the project, including fellow soap stars and come of her The Young and the Restless co-stars. The talent in the video consisted of the likes of Meagan Good, Carolina Gaitan, Emmanuel Kabongo, Alvina August, Christel Khalil, Bryton James, Angell Conwell, Phylicia George, Tamara Braun, Millie Davis, Brytni Sarpy, Ryan Carnes, Sean Dominic, and several others.