Barry Scott, a nationally recognized lecturer and motivational speaker will pay tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Wednesday, January 23 at Owens Community College.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 12 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Owens Toledo-area Campus. He is the first in a number of events that continue through February, celebrating Black History Month.
Scott's "awe-inspiring" tribute "Is the Dream Alive?" was created to teach a generation of students about one of America's most violent and inspiring times, and the man who helped change the nation, fighting for equality.
"Owens Community College is proud to serve as one of the many forums during Black History Month for people in Northwest Ohio communities to gather and examine racial issues still prevalent in today's society," said Dermot Forde, Owens Student Activities Coordinator.
"This month also allows America to honor those individuals who have served as pioneers struggling to affirm the humanity of present and future African-Americans," Forde said. "It is an honor to have some of the country's most respective performers here at Owens Community College."
Drawing rave reviews from colleges and universities across the country, Scott's portrayal of Dr. King is so convincing and powerful that Coretta Scott King once cornered him between acts of a play to compliment him on his realistic and honest depiction of her late husband. His leadership speech is a regular part of the curriculum at the prestigious Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
In 1994, Scott performed excerpts of King's speeches for the Humanitarian Awards Ceremony honoring former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. He also performed the "I Have a Dream" and "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speeches on the March On album benefiting the National Civil Rights Museum.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, he is the founder and artistic director of The American Negro Playwright Theatre in Nashville. A graduate of Tennessee State University earning a degree in speech communications and theatre, among the many film and television roles he has made appearances include I'll Fly Away and Rescue 911, and a recurring role as a minister in the successful series In the Heat of the Night.
Scott is a member of the Actor's Equity Guild, The Advisory Council of the Tennessee Arts Commission and the American Film, Radio and Television and Nashville Entertainment associations.
Juanita Moore of the American Jazz Museum said of Scott's re-enactment of Dr. King's speeches as "a phenomenal experience for anyone. It not only allows you to relive the actual words of Dr. King, but also gives you a real understanding of Dr. King's character. He connects the words to the reality of Dr. King's life."
Among other activities during Black History Month, which are sponsored by the College's Student Activities Office, are:
For more information on any Black History Month activities, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7934 or (567) 661-7934.
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