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Musical Tribune to Martin Luther King Jr. planned at Linfield

A Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. will be presented Monday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The program will include music from the 1960s and demonstrate the role that music played in the social and cultural dynamics of the civil rights movement. The McMinnville High School Twilighters will perform along with Logan Freitas, a Linfield sophomore. Two Duniway Middle School students, eighth grader Dakota Buhler and seventh grader Curtis Nelson, have been selected to give brief presentations during the program. They will speak on either Martin Luther King Jr., or on a current affairs topic that relates to his work. They will each receive $25 gift certificates from Linfield’s Office of Multicultural Programs for Third Street Books.

Singer/actor Charles Holt will present “The Great Social Informant,” in which he will perform songs connected with both slavery and the 1960s civil rights movement and explain the origin and purpose of the song.

Holt has starred in some of the most celebrated productions in American theatre history including “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Smokey Joe’s Café” and the “Lion King.” He was the also the first African-American to play the role of Rocky in the European tour of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and has performed on several television shows. He has received national acclaim for his 20-character portrayal and performance of his one-man stage play, “Black Boy,” based on the life of author Richard Wright. Last year, he opened his one-man show, “The Smoke King,” based on the life of W.E.B. DuBois. Holt is also a recipient of the 2006 BSA Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at Rhodes College.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Linfield Office of Multicultural Programs. For more information, contact Barry Tucker, btucker@linfield.edu, 503-883-2574.