WWU to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
|1/16/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered with a week-long series of programs at William Woods University, starting Jan. 21. The programs, which are free and open to the public, include an art exhibit, musical tribute, films and a storyteller.
Symbolic Expressions of Dr. King’s Dream
An art exhibit featuring the work of the late Jane Bierdeman-Fike, faculty, students and the children of Head Start
Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts Corridor Gallery
Monday, Jan. 21,3:30-4:30 p.m.
"White Americans and the Black Freedom Struggle"
Stephen Hageman, history instructor
This presentation will explore the important role played by white Americans in the long struggle for African-American freedom, including radical abolitionist John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt and white college students in the 1960s.
Monday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
Take it to Church – A Gospel Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
WWU’s First Impressions show choir will perform musical numbers from traditional hymns to spirituals and contemporary gospel. First Impressions will be joined by Regina Blanchard, Urban Empowerment Ministries C3 Choir, DaMia Day (youth performer, singer), and Marla Lynn (new solo artist).
Tuesday, Jan. 22,3-4p.m.
Civil Rights Trivia and Snacks
Burton Business Building, room 006
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 3-4:30 p.m.
25 Years of Eyes on the Prize: Film and Discussion
Stephen Hageman, history instructor
This event will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the of Eyes on the Prize, the landmark documentary series that tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. There will be a discussion of the series' impact, as well as a viewing of one of the episodes.
Thursday, Jan. 24, 1-2p.m.
The Rewards of Living the Dream
Presented by Gladys Coggswell, a professional storyteller, speaker, author, folklorist and educator from Frankford, Mo., whose work has taken her throughout the world.
Thursday, Jan. 24,3-4:30 p.m.
“King (History Channel)”: documentary film
HISTORY, with newsman Tom Brokaw, takes viewers through the extraordinary life and times of America's civil rights visionary. “King” goes beyond the legend to portray the man, the questions, the myths and, most importantly, the relevance of Dr. King s message in today’s world. Includes a rare interview with his son, Martin Luther King III, as well as associates from the civil rights campaigns and contemporary figures such as former President Bill Clinton, Condaleezza Rice, Bono, Forest Whitaker, Chuck D and others.
Friday, Jan. 25, 3-4 p.m.
Painting the Dream: Reflections on Art and Inspiration
Terry Martin, WWU professor of art
Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts, Room 118
The late Martin Luther King famously dreamed of a day when his “four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” In this presentation, Terry Martin will talk about the artwork of local children who painted their own dreams in honor of Martin Luther King Day. He will also discuss how a friend (the late Jane Bierdeman-Fike) and a visionary (Martin Luther King) have inspired his own values and commitments. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect upon their own cherished ideals and the importance of celebrating diversity.
Storyteller Gladys Coggswell