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Georgian Court University Presents “King’s Dream”

GCU Celebrates Black History Month with a Multimedia Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 3, 2010—The GCU Black Student Union presents “Living the Dream,” a month-long celebration of the legacy and influence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on American culture and the world. On Tuesday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Casino Auditorium on the Lakewood campus, Key Arts Productions will present “King’s Dream,” a live entertainment and multimedia performance.

“King’s Dream” comes to life with images and songs that capture the spirit of the civil rights movement. Thought-provoking live narratives will tell stories of the turbulent 1960s, the challenges of the Vietnam War, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The performance will show images that tell the story of the lives and teaching of courageous individuals such as Rosa Parks, the Arkansas Nine, and the Freedom Fighters. The tribute will also feature songs such as “We Shall Overcome,” “What’s Going On,” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,“ among others.

Key Arts Productions is a Philadelphia based company that offers presentations using a signature blend of video images, film, commentary, and live musical performances. Key Arts performs at school, colleges and universities, and regional fine arts centers. They have also toured in Europe, South America, and Japan.

This event is free for GCU students with ID, $5 for non-GCU students with ID, and $10 for the general public. Reservations can be made by e-mailing events@georgian.edu or calling 732.987.2606. Greeters will be accepting donations to benefit victims of the Haitian earthquake.

Additional Black History Month Events include:

  • “Are We Living the Dream?” On Tuesday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m. members of the Black Student Union and the Student Government Association will host a panel discussion featuring several prominent black women as they discuss the status of Africans, Americans, and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “Race, Politics, and American Life,” with Headline Speaker Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D., on February 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Casino Auditorium. Admission is free for current GCU students with ID; tickets for the general public are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the door. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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