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Premiere of Documentaries on A.D. King '60 and Flip Schulke Highlight College's King Celebration

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

(Jan. 4, 2010) -- Two premieres of documentaries, one on the brother of Martin Luther King Jr. ’48 and another on an acclaimed King photographer, along with a performance of Wynton Marsalis’ symphonic narrative on American history highlight the College’s 2010 celebration of King’s life and legacy.

“King 2010, His Dream. My Responsibility. Our Celebration.” will be two weeks of activities paying tribute to King, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning civil rights leader who entered Morehouse at the age of 15.

“We must remember that intelligence is not enough,” King once wrote in the student newspaper, The Maroon Tiger. “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Morehouse’s celebration begins on Jan. 14 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 18th Annual “A King Celebration” Concert in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. In addition to the annual performance by the ASO and the Morehouse and Spelman College glee clubs, the ASO will perform the world premiere of Marsalis’ “Blues Symphony,” a piece the jazz legend wrote to tell the nation’s history through blues music.

On Jan. 17 in the King Chapel, the documentary “Behold the Dream: Brother to the Dreamer” will be shown. Presented by the A.D. King Foundation, the documentary tells the story of A.D. King ’60, King’s brother who was also a Baptist minister and a leader in the civil rights quest, particularly at churches he led in Birmingham and Louisville, Ky.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding will deliver the College’s Jan. 21 Crown Forum address at 11 a.m. in King Chapel. Later that day, the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection and the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences will present the documentary on the late photographer Flip Schulke at 4 p.m. in the Executive Conference Center’s Bank of America Auditorium.

Schulke is probably best known for his photographic chronicle of the civil rights movement, many of those images from following his friend King from the late 1950s to 1968.

The celebration wraps up with “A Public Conversation – Remembering King: The Morehouse Years,” which will be a Jan. 27 talk with two of King’s classmates, Samuel DuBois Cook ’48 and Charles Vert Willie ‘48. Among his many contributions to academia, Cook was the first African American full-time faculty professor at any Southern college or university and is the former president of Dillard University. Willie, a renowned sociologist and expert on national school desegregation issues, was the first African American professor at Syracuse University.

To see the complete King events calendar, go to
http://www.morehouse.edu/events/2010/kingcelebration/index.html.

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