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WBAA Arts Spotlight: MLK Celebration

Renee Thomas

Author, journalist, biographer, and cultural Historian Wil Haygood delivers the keynote address for the Purdue University celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00pm in Loeb Playhouse. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Haygood and Harry Brown, Associate Director of the Purdue Leadership & Professional Development Initiative about this year's celebration.

Find out more here. Some of the activities for 2019 include:

* Jan. 21. MLK Day of Service, coordinated by Vanessa Pacheco, Purdue's coordinator for civic engagement. Open to Purdue students, faculty, staff members and retirees. Volunteers will celebrate the legacy of King by serving local community service agencies in Tippecanoe County.

Jan. 18 Film screening of “The Butler” inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article, “A Butler Well Served by This Election”.  The movie stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and John Cuscel.  History professor Cornelius Bynum will lead a facilitated discussion following the screening. Fowler Hall, Stewart Center 7pm. Admission free.

* Jan.-Feb. in Knoy Hall lobby. The Minority Technology Association will invite individuals to share their dreams and reflections of King’s “I Have a Dream” message on the Purdue Polytechnic “dream wall.”

*Jan. 20 Ecumenical Service sponsored by the Pastor Alliance of Lafayette.  4:00pm at Greater Macedonia Church, 100 South Murphy Street, Lafayette, IN

*Jan. 21 Tippecanoe Public Library Tribute to Dr. King.  11:00am TCPL 627 South Street, Lafayette

*Jan. 21 Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Sandra Bridges Southern Roots exhibition and poetry by BCC Haraka Writers, 1:30p 102 S. 10th Street, Lafayette.

*Jan. 21 West Lafayette Public Library “Women of Color in 2018 Midterm Election” by Dr. Nadia Brown, 5:00pm 208 W. Columbia Street, West Lafayette

*Jan. 22 Purdue Polytechnic Institute Techie Tuesday, free donuts and hot chocolate share your dream

*Jan. 23 Kinfolk Dinner, 5:00pm BCC

John Nasukaluk Clare is comfortable behind a microphone, streaming video or playing violin. A former broadcaster for NPR, John has previously worked with Voice of America, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and stations in Texas, Kansas, Nevada, California, and Pennsylvania. In 2005, Clare earned the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP for radio broadcasting, citing his work on 20/20 Hearing. Having performed with famed tenors Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli, John has worked with the Mozart Festival Texas, Mid Texas Symphony, Nevada Chamber Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic and Wichita Symphony Orchestra.