WWU to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

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.
The schedule:

Jan. 21–26
Symbolic Expressions of Dr. King’s
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
Stephen Hageman, history instructor
Library Auditorium
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.
Dulany Auditorium
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
Dulany Auditorium
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

Thursday, Jan. 24, 12p.m.
The Rewards of Living the Dream
Thurmond Chapel
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
Library Auditorium
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