RELEASED: Jan. 9, 2001
DANVILLE, KY -- Centre College will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Sunday, Jan. 14, with an innovative afternoon workshop and evening performance. All events are open to the public at no cost.
The evening program, which feature an original drama, "A Bus Ride with Rosa Parks," begins at 8 p.m. in Newlin Hall in the Norton Center for the Arts. Centre students also will present selections of modern dance and other celebrations of King's legacies.
Elisha "Akua" Wimsatt will be featured in the role of Mrs. Rosa Parks in the play, written and directed by Nana Yaa Asantewa. The performing arts dancer for the production is Aminata Baruti. The production is on tour with the Kentuckiana African American Arts Series.
The afternoon workshop is entitled "Quiet Strength" and will be facilitated by Asantewaa and Zambia Nkrumah-White. They will guide participants through a discussion based on re enactments of social settings in the American South at the time of the civil rights bus boycotts. The workshop runs 1-3 p.m. in the Combs Student Center (the Warehouse on Walnut Ave.). Asantewa recommends that participants wear comfortable clothing and bring a soft pillow for sitting on the floor.
Asantewa is a cultural arts educator who has participated in storytelling festivals throughout the world. She has been televised on KET's "Telling Tales" series and is a featured teller at the Gullah Festival in South Carolina.
Wimsatt has performed with the Theater Workshop of Louisville and the Whitney M. Young Scholars Program.
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