I went to a school called Martin Luther King Elementary, which is located on Martin Luther King Boulevard, in Miami, Florida. […]

I’ve never experienced the sort of things my grandparents or even my parents did, the racial disparity that they experienced in a very direct way. The first time I was called a derogatory name by a white person was when I was in Stratford-upon-Avon, in residence at the RSC. That never happened to me in the US.

The playwright Tarell Alvin on how Martin Luther King’s speech influenced him, growing up in Miami, and the consequences of the killing of Trayvon Martin: http://gu.com/p/3hqge

Photograph: Richard Saker for the Observer