A Powerful Line-Up for RIT’s Expressions of King’s Legacy Event | January 2020
Newsletter January 2020
A Powerful Line-Up for RIT’s Expressions of King’s Legacy Event
A three-time national poetry slam champion and a master storyteller/actress will take the stage at RIT’s 38th Annual Expressions of King’s Legacy January 30th.
Poet Javon Johnson and actress and playwright Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye will join keynote speaker MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid as RIT honors the life and work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Johnson is an award winning slam and spoken word poet who blends race and gender theory with comedy, rhyme and lyricism. He has appeared on BET’s Lyric Café, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, The Steve Harvey Show, The Arsenio Hall shows and TVOnes Verses & Flow. He is one-fifth of the popular collective, Fiveology.
Johnson earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Director of African American and African Diaspora Studies.
Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye ‘s one-woman show, The Fannie Lou Hamer Story; “I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired” gives the audience a glimpse of the life of one of the country’s most important civil rights icons. The work of Fannie Lou Hamer in Mississippi during the 1960’s led to the passage of the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965. The stage play takes the audience on an emotional journey and provides a lasting history lesson sprinkled with songs and a video montage of the civil rights movement.
Expressions of Kings Legacy begins at noon, Thursday, January 30th at Ingle Auditorium. Register Here!