WWU pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
|1/28/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered at William Woods University with a week-long series of programs that began Jan. 21. The programs included an art exhibit, musical tribute, films and a storyteller.
An art exhibit, titled “Symbolic Expressions of Dr. King’s Dream,” was on display all week in the Corridor Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. The exhibit featured the work of the late Jane Bierdeman-Fike, faculty, students and the children of Head Start.
On Monday, Stephen Hageman, history instructor, spoke about "White Americans and the Black Freedom Struggle." The presentation explored 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.
Later that day, “Take it to Church – A Gospel Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” was performed by WWU’s First Impressions show choir. First Impressions was joined by Regina Blanchard, Urban Empowerment Ministries C3 Choir; DaMia Day, a youth performer and singer; and Marla Lynn, a new solo artist. The choirs performed musical numbers from traditional hymns to spirituals and contemporary gospel.
Students had an opportunity to learn while having fun on Tuesday when they played
Civil Rights Trivia.
Hageman did another program on Wednesday, showing a discussing “25 Years of Eyes on the Prize.” The event celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the of Eyes on the Prize, a landmark documentary series.
It 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.
Gladys Coggswell, a professional storyteller, speaker, author, folklorist and educator from Frankford, Mo., spoke on “the Rewards of Living the Dream” on Thursday.
In addition, “King (History Channel),” the documentary film with newsman Tom Brokaw, was shown on Thursday. The film 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. It 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.
In a presentation on Friday, Terry Martin, WWU professor of art, discussed “Painting the Dream: Reflections on Art and Inspiration.” Martin talked about the artwork of local children who painted their own dreams in honor of Martin Luther King Day. He also discussed how a friend (the late Jane Bierdeman-Fike) and a visionary (Martin Luther King) have inspired his own values and commitments.
This piece by Alaina Leverenz is one of several “Symbolic Expressions of Dr. King’s Dream” displayed in the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts all week.
Regina Blanchard, of the Urban Empowerment Ministries C3 Choir, sings with WWU’s First Impressions show choir. (photo by Hannah Lindburg)
Gladys Coggswell, a professional storyteller, speaker, author, folklorist and educator from Frankford, Mo., speaks on “the Rewards of Living the Dream.” (photo by Rachel Fancsali)
Terry Martin speaks with students about “Painting the Dream: Reflections on Art and Inspiration.” (photo by Meghan Greenwalt)