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1/7/2015 - Martin Luther King Jr. Week Activities

Brad Anderson or Kaye Quinn
Arts and Humanities



As part of five days of community-wide events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy, Salina Arts & Humanities and Kansas Wesleyan University co-present a performance by the Langston Hughes Project on Thursday evening, January 15 on the KWU campus.
 From South Pasadena, CA, the Langston Hughes Project will be in residency to work with local students and educators in English and history classes at Salina South High School and Lakewood Middle School on January 14 and 15, as part of MLK Week educational activities. The group is led by Dr. Ron McCurdy, professor of music and jazz studies at UCLA.
 The group’s January 15 performance at Kansas Wesleyan University is a multi-media presentation incorporating a spoken-word artist, jazz quartet, and video imagery about the Harlem Renaissance. The performance is based on the Langston Hughes poem Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods For Jazz, which was the poet’s social commentary on the struggle for freedom and equality in the 1960s.
 Admission is free for the Langston Hughes Project performance at 7 p.m. in Fitzpatrick Auditorium in Pioneer Hall at KWU. Free parking is available south of Pioneer Hall and the Student Activities Center.
For more information, visit or call Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770. Additional MLK Week events take place at Ad Astra Books & Coffee House and St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church. For a complete listing of events, watch local media or find Salina Arts & Humanities on Facebook.

For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities.  For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.