|Centre to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
RELEASED: Jan. 15, 2004
DANVILLE, KYCentre College will present a special event featuring nationally recognized performer Jim Lucas as part of the College's annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration.
Lucas will bring to life the words, background and experiences of Dr. King in a dramatic one-man show titled Reflections on Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Newlin Hall of the College's Norton Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.
Lucas is known for his stirring, dramatic recitations and interpretive readings portraying Dr. King during his short life as a civil rights leader. His resemblance to and interpretation of Dr. King have been called "remarkable," "awe-inspiring," "uncanny" and "soulful."
A student of the teachings of Dr. King, Lucas is an advocate of Dr. King's philosophy of non-violent civil action to affect social change. Like Dr. King, Lucas participated in local protests and demonstrations in the 1960s, in his case to achieve school integration in his hometown of Lake Providence, La.
Lucas works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which gave him an award for "Dedicated and Outstanding Participation" for Reflections. He has been the guest speaker of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Baptist Convention. Lucas has also co-starred in the critically acclaimed play The Meeting, a powerful drama about the lives, philosophies and times of Dr. King and Malcolm X.
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