Coral Springs Plans Multiple Events to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Broadway actor Jahi Kearse will play lead in the Coral Springs production.

Broadway actor Jahi Kearse will play lead in the Coral Springs production.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

As part of the City of Coral Springs 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, a theatrical production that will commemorate the events that shaped the legacy of his life and America’s modern Civil Rights Movement will presented at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts.

Seats are now available to purchase now for “I Have a Dream,” a musical theatrical production by Theater South Atlanta, Inc. for Friday, January 13.

“I Have a Dream” debuted on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City in 1976 with Billy Dee Williams starring as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Broadway production then toured 126 cities worldwide between 1985 and 2003, under the direction of Broadway Producer Dr. Woodie King, Jr. and Associate Producer Herman LeVern Jones.

Displaying the full range of emotions with dramatic innovations, this musical drama plays out against a backdrop of 125 historical images: Rosa Parks refuses to yield her bus seat; Sheri Bull Connor’s police dogs and hoses wreak havoc on crowds of peaceful protestors and children; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s infamous arrest in Birmingham; his stirring signature speeches; personal moments with Coretta and his children; and the Memphis Lorraine Motel balcony scene.

Today, more than fifty years after the infamous Selma March, this production energizes public perceptions of Bloody Sunday, follows Black History Month and spotlights society’s present struggle for equality, harmony and human dignity.

Tickets start at $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 & over). The evening celebration begins at 7 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Tickets are available for purchase at Community Relations at City Hall or at City Hall in the Mall.

Diversity & Leadership Day

On Monday, January 16, on MLK Day, there will be a Diversity & Leadership Day for high school and middle school students. The event, which will be held at the Northwest Regional Library, begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. This is a “Day On, Not a Day Off” and offers students a chance to learn what Dr. King stood for by participating in interactive activities and listening to a motivational speaker. Students interested in attending should sign up at their respective schools.

MLK Scholarship Program

A Scholarship Program has also been established for the past 18 years which awards funding to financially needy high school students wishing to attend a higher institution of learning. The Scholarship is offered regardless of ethnicity. Visit www.CoralSprings.org to download the application and submit it by March 13, 2017.

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.

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