BELFAST — To commemorate Black History Month, the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County and the Belfast Free Library are co-sponsoring an original musical play called “The Moment Was Now.” The virtual show will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. and can be accessed by registering for the Zoom link at

Participants will be sent a separate link to view the film on Feb. 8. All are encouraged to join the conversation on Zoom with the playwright Gene Bruskin following the film.

This edited film of a live show, which was originally produced to great acclaim in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., is a musical play that takes place in post civil-war Baltimore in 1869, a turning point in U.S. history when “America almost did the right thing.” The play centers on dynamic leaders in the civil rights, economic rights and women’s rights movements—Frederick Douglass, Isaac Myers, William Sylvis, Susan B. Anthony and Frances Harper—as they struggle with questions that echo the current moment and centers on the impassioned search for unity during Reconstruction. The conflicts and possibilities unfold at a meeting convened by Frederick Douglass and are elevated by the musical and spoken word format.

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