MLK Annual Community Celebration Event 2011

Annual Celebration A Success

MLK2011_Sonia Sanchez_150px Sonia Sanchez, featured speaker at the 2011 MLK Annual Community Celebration Event It was an energizing and inspiring evening as the community came together to reflect on the life of Dr. King and the impact that this day of service had on our community on Monday, January 17, 2011.

The birthday celebration at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. was preceded by a reception at the First United Methodist Church at 5 p.m.

The event included remarks by Mayor Kruzan and by Karen Hanson, the Provost and Executive Vice President of Indiana University Bloomington, City of Bloomington King Commission Chair William A. Vance, Jr. and others.

The keynote speaker is Sonia Sanchez. Ms. Sanchez is a poet, mother, activist, professor, and international lecturer on black culture and literature, women's liberation, peace and racial justice. A sponsor of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Sanchez has written over 16 books and plays. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts Lucretia Mott Award in 1984; the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women; the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators; the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Humanities for 1988; the Peace and Freedom Award from Women International League for Peace and Freedom for 1989; and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for 1992-93.

Listen to Sweet Honey in the Rock featuring Sonia Sanchez reading her poem "I Have Come Into the City".

MLK Marquee BCT 2011 Musical performers included the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble, directed by Professor Keith McCutchen, cellist Younghoon Koh, winner of the Nu Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Talent Hunt Contest, and the Fairview Elementary School Choir Directed by Kathryn Heise. In addition, Web Design Contest winners and volunteers who participated in "A Day On! Not A Day Off" were recognized, and the winner of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission's Legacy Award was announced.

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater program and reception were both free and open to the public.

Major event underwriters include the City of Bloomington, Ivy TechCommunity College-Bloomington, Indiana University, Otis Elevator, Stephens Honda-Hyundai and WFIU.

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