Diversity Theatre presents
34th Annual Expressions of King's Legacy
Keynote by Andrew Young with jazz and dance performances.
January 28, 2016, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gordon Field House
This is a free, but ticketed event. Get your tickets at
Andrew Young (keynote address)
Young had aligned with King in the important areas of education, literacy and leadership, and these attributes weaved their way throughout his long and notable career in politics, diplomacy and activism. A graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut, Young would combine human rights activism, education and politics in key leadership positions throughout the Civil Rights Movement. He was instrumental in organizing voter registration processes and policies to include men and women of color. His work alongside King in writing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 remains influential, landmark legislation today.
In 1972, Young was the first African American since Reconstruction to be elected to Congress from Georgia when he won the state’s Fifth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to two terms before being appointed by President Jimmy Carter as ambassador to the United Nations, where he would, like King, advocate for human rights, at home and abroad.
Keep on Keepin' On
January 28, 2016, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ingle Auditorium (SAU)
FREE EVENT - Limited Seating
Screening of the film, Keep on Keeepin' On, about the jazz grreat, Clark Terry who mentors and befriends blind pianist, Justin Kauflin. The Story is both a biography of Terry and the challenges faced and overcome by Kauflin, and musical prodigy. From 2009, Justin's relationship with mentor Clark Terry was chronicled by Absolute Clay Productions’ Al Hicks and Adam Hart. The resultant documentary, "Keep On Keepin' On," made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival April 2014, and won both Heineken Audience and Best New Documentary Director Awards. "Keep On Keepin' On" has been released in theaters through RADiUS-TWC.
Kauflin will perform after the movie and address audience questions.
An Evening of Jazz & Dance
January 28, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NTID Robert F. Panara Theatre (Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall)
FREE EVENT - Limited Seating
The talented dancers of Ailey II are reowned for captivating audiences and translating their strength and agility into powerful performances. Under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, this critically-acclaimed company presents vibrant performances and innovative community programs across the country and internationally. The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertory that includes Alvin Ailey's timeless classics and thrilling new works by today's outstanding emerging choreographers.
"Off-the-charts energy." - The New Yorker
Photo by Eduardo Patino, NYC
From age 6, he began performing in concerts, nursing homes and weddings, eventually becoming concertmaster for several orchestras. It was during this time that he also endured numerous trials, particularly losing total vision by age 11. He adjusted by learning Braille and cane mobility, and switching to jazz piano at the Governor’s School for Performing Arts. He received top honors in jazz festivals across the U.S. and began performing jazz professionally by age 15, most notably with the Jae Sinnett Trio.
Borinquen Dance Theatre
Borinquen Dance Theatre was created in 1981 by Nydia Padilla-Rodriquez, an originial member of Garth Fagan's Bottom of the Bucket Dance Company. She teaches adults, teenagers, young children at Rochester's Hochstein Memorial Music School Caribbean dance classes, and is of only a handful of U.S. experts on the tradition of dance within Latin culture.
* For students only.
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