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UNC Commemorates Sixth Annual MLK Birthday
The Black Student Movement, along
with other campus organizations and
university departments, has planned
several events tor the sixth annual celebra
tion ot the Martin Luther King, Jr. birth
day celebration. This year's celebration,
which will be held January 15-20. will
feature a variety ol'speakers, films, and
activities to commemorale the birthday of
the slain civil rights leader.
The BSM began the celebration on
Thursday January 15. by hosting a 12
noon rally in the pit that featured King's
fann)us speech. "I Have a Dream ". Then
on Thursday afternoon al 3 p.m. the film
"Martin Luther King, Jr.: From Mont
gomery to Memphis” was shown in the
Union Auditorium. Following the film,
the Campus Y pre.sented Ms. Czerni
Brasuell, director of the Durham YWCA
and one of the 19 people invited by the
South African YWCA for a study of their
On Friday, January 16 al 7 p.m., the
second annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
banquet will be held in the Carolina Room
of the Carolina Inn the keynote speaker
for this year's banquet will be Charles E.
Daye, a professor in the UNC School of
Law. Student tickets are available in the
On Saturday, January 17 al 8 p.m. in
Memorial Hall, "The Heart of the
Blues", a musical revue, which offers
portryals of such immortal blues artists as
Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Billie Holi
day, will be performed by the Kuumba
Theater of Chicago, This show will be
presented by the Carolina Union Perfor
ming Arts Committee. The Alpha Phi
Alpha fraternity will present a guest
speaker al 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 18
in the Great Hall of the student union.
This will be followed by performances by
the BSM Gospel Choir, the Opeyo
Dancers, and other BSM sub-groups.
This year's presentation of the Mar
tin Luther King, Jr. scholarship will be
held on Monday, January 19 at 8 p.m. in
Memorial Hall. Rev. Floyd McKissick,
former director of the Congress on Racial
Equality (CORE) and one of the first
black students to ever attend the Univer
sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will
be the guest speaker. Following the
presentation, a reception for Rev.
McKissick will be hosted by the Black
Student Movement. Anyone interested in
attending the reception should contact
Camille Roddy, president of the BSM.
On Tuesday, January 20, the
Carolina Union Film committee will pre
sent another film, "King: A Fihned
Record... Montgomery To Memphi.s ” al 7
p.m. in the Union Auditorium. This film
is one to the most important and moving
historical documentaries of this or any age
that traces Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
leadership from the beginnings of the
Civil Rights Movement in 1955 to his
tragic assassination in 1968.
Other events scheduled during the
Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in
clude a fashion show al 4 p.m. on Sun
day. January 11 in the Hargraves Recrea
tion Center sponsored by the Rainbow
Coalition of Conscience. All proceeds will
go to the UNC Martin Luther King, Jr.
Scholarship Fund. There will also be a
rally sponsored by the UNC Anti-
Apartheid Support Group and the Rain
bow Coalition of Con.science. This rally
will be followed by a march to the First
Baptist Church where a commemorative
service will be held at 3 p.m.
Abraham Segres, Staff Writer
Kuumba to Perform at UNC
One of Chicago’s oldest and highest
acclaimed black theater troupes will per
form a drama concerning 40 years of
blues history through music and song,
Saturday. January 17. as part of the
university's sixth annual Martin Luther
King Birthday Celebration.
Kuumba will perform "Heart of the
Bhu's, " a long-running hit which has
taken on critically acclaimed lours
throughout the U.S.. Canada, and Japan.
The troupe, which has produced,
trained and employed hundreds of artists
and actors, was featured on the November
issue at Ebony as a part of its story,
"Black Theater Stages a Comeback."
"Heart of the Blues" tells the story
of blues through the lives of seven blues
greats from the 1920's and '30's including
Billie Holiday, Alberta Hunter, Ma
Rainey and Bessie Smith.
An energy-filled production labeled
a rt)using. low-down and dirty experience
by reviewers, the show carries the pas
sion, beauty, ,sass and melody that affected
great blues artists. Formed in 1968 by
show executive director Val Ward.
Kuumba Theather features three men and
seven women singers backed by five
Narration between songs in the two-
act show focuses on the singers' difficult
lives including their problems with pre
judice, promoters, men, money, and
drink. Interspersed humor dispells
anguish during the production, while the
performers' blend of nostalgia and talents
puts the audience in a difterent era.
"The Heart of the Blues" has made
a highly acclaimed tour of Canada and
Japan. During a recent presentation at
Kentucky Center for the Arts, the show
received a standing ovation.
Admission to the black musical is $3
lor students and senior citizens and $5 for
the public. Tickets are available at the
Frank Porter Graham Student Union box
oil ice weekdays noon - 6 p.m. For more
information or to purchase tickets, call
(919) 962-1449, Visa, Choice and
Mastercard are accepted.
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A New Start
The new year's festive beginning is
a time of reflection, promise, renewal,and
commitment. We review our ac
complishments, learn hH)in our
mistakes,and endeavor to make the year
the best thus far. Some people set goals
like dieting or becoming physically fit.
For others, it is arriving on time to class
or improving study habits, Ant)ther
popular resolution is to st(.)p pro
crastinating. But as we know, within a tew
weeks, we are back to repeating old
habits. However, when it comes to advan
cing the cause of freeing the human spirit,
developing the mind, and achieving, all
without the threat of limitation, there is
no point of return — tor to renege would
be to declare null and void the courageous
efforts of our ancestors.
Accordingly, during this celebration
that marks the start of another year, we
also commemorate the life and the legacy
of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr,, who dur
ing his lime of retleetion, saw the need
to make a change in the American socie
ty, Surely, we all cannot aspire to be or
even eventually become another Marlin
Luther King, Jr., but we, both individual
ly and (more importantly) collectively,
can contribute to further the principles for
which he lived and died,
I submit to you two questions: (I)
What is your dream? (2) On what level
of commitment will you place your
In one of his final speeches, "I See
the Promi.sed Land" King said, "We will
suffer and die if we have to,...nothing will
be done until people put their bodies and
souls into this. "
Happy New Year!
Richard J. White, III
‘The Heart of the Blues’
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17
"A cross between a glittering Broadway musical and a
rousing, gutsy, low-down-and-dirty blues experience,.,”
FOR TICKETS CALL THE UNION BOX OFFICE
962-1449 12-6 pm
Students S3 General $5
Performing Arts presentation in conjunction with Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration.