The Columbus Area Arts Council presents
January 16, 2017
The Commons, Nugent-Custer Performance Hall
Open to Grades 2-12
Thanks to our generous sponsors, this event is admission-free.
Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., really? Martin’s Dream answers this question and more as it brings this historical figure to life through the power of story, speech and song. Watch as Dr. King tells the story of his life, from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Created and performed by the talented and charismatic Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show explores the real person behind the pictures, a funny, intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history.
Thematic Connections: History, Literature, Critical Thinking, Public Speaking, Arts Integration, Music, Social Studies, Strength of Character
Started in 2013, the Columbus Area Arts Council presents an annual free program in honor of Martin Luther King Jr Day and Black History Month. This program changes annually and includes theatrical and live music performances that unite history, education, and art. These performances help to educate today’s youth on events that may seem unimaginable today and to help put the fight for equality into context through the arts.
A lot of times, our young people don’t know the extent of what it took to get to where we are today. We become complacent and don’t realize it takes the action and strength of individuals collectively to bring about change.
–Lorraine Smith, Columbus Human Rights Commission director (as quoted in The Republic, 01/12/14)
My family and I attended the 2013 Rosa Parks Story. It’s important to continue to bring this programming because:
- it gives people a feeling that history affects the lives of all and this country belongs to all
- it is an education for all to receive and practice
- our diverse history is here for all to celebrate
- it paved the way for many different cultures and opened the door of opportunity through economic development jobs, housing and enrich the lives each