MLK and Black History Month Celebration

TVCC Student Activities is kicking off our winter event series by honoring the upcoming nationally recognized Black History Month and celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Student Activities is proud to welcome motivational speaker and nationally recognized MLK historian Barry Scott on Wednesday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Weese 110. The same program will be offered at the Caldwell Center on January 23, at 3:30 p.m. Room 220.

Barry Scott created his tribute to Dr. King to teach a generation of students about one of America's most inspiring times despite the politically charged, violent, and tumultuous culture of the country. He focuses on the man who mobilized a generation of people to change the world. In this hour long program, Scott discuses Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement by delivering some of his most inspiring speeches. This powerful presentation is followed by a brief Q&A session. Mr. Scott has performed speeches for President Carter and in performing arts centers and college campuses across the country.

Scott is recognized as one of the most versatile practitioners of his art. He is widely known for his successes as an actor, writer, producer, director, motivational speaker and voice over artist. The founder and producing artistic director of the American Negro Playwright Theatre at Tennessee State University, where his parents and grandparents graduated, Scott has become one of the leading theatre artists in his home town, on top of his impressive acting credits nationwide, including television's I'll Fly Away and In the Heat of the Night. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, American Film Radio & Television Association and serves on the board of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

An authority on the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Scott wrote and starred in Ain't Got Long to Stay Here as a tribute to Dr. King and to teach a generation of students about one of America's most violent and inspiring times, and the man who literally changed the entire nation. Scott is so convincing in his portrayal of Dr. King, that Coretta Scott King once cornered him between acts of a play to compliment him on his realistic and honest depiction of her late husband. He has performed excerpts of King's speeches for the Humanitarian Awards Ceremony honoring President Jimmy Carter and was recorded on the March On album benefiting the National Civil Rights Museum. Just a few of the prominent venues in which Scott has recreated Dr. King's speeches include: the Beacon Theater in New York, the Fox Theater in Atlanta, the Seattle Children's Theater, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the Boutwell Performing Arts Center in Birmingham, the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, the Masonic Temple in Memphis, the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, and the Actors Theater in Louisville.

For more information, contact Justin Core, Director Student Programs and Residence Life, (541) 881-5781 or JCore@tvcc.cc