University of Minnesota to host Martin Luther King and Black History Month celebration
Sunday afternoon, Feb. 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., the University of Minnesota will host its annual Martin Luther King and Black History Month Celebration in the university’s Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis. The event will feature a program of music, song, readings and spoken word poetry, highlighted by solos from jazz vocalist, Charmin Michelle and speech excerpts/readings by actor, vocalist and educator T. Mychael Rambo.
When the University of Minnesota's Martin Luther King Concert began nearly 30 years ago, it was the only tribute of its kind in Minnesota. The late Reginald Buckner, a U of M School of Music professor and accomplished performer and composer, founded the concert and began the tradition of celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. King through the performing arts. Buckner died in 1989, but the university honors his memory and artistic genius by carrying on the inspiring legacy of this annual program. The Martin Luther King Celebration is now a joint program of the University of Minnesota’s Office for Equity and Diversity and the School of Music.
This year’s program also features music by the Minneapolis South High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Scott Carter and violin selections by LaTannia Ellerbe, doctoral student in violin performance in the School of Music. Ellerbe will be accompanied on piano by Billy Steele, performer, writer, producer and the youngest sibling of the musically famous Steele family. The energy of spoken word poetry will fill the concert hall when poets, Lenora Magee, SirMark Gentry and Kaylord Hill, members of Voices Merging, a University of Minnesota spoken word collective, take the stage.
The concert is free of charge and open to the public; no advance tickets or reservation is required. For more information about the program, or for disability accommodations, contact the Office for Equity and Diversity at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 624-0594. Visit www.academic.umn.edu/equity/MLK2010.html for more information.