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Published 1/16/03
National Speaker and Authority On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To Visit Owens Community College, Jan. 28

Barry Scott portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Nationally recognized lecturer and motivational speaker, Barry Scott will make his only appearance in Northwest Ohio, visiting Owens Community College as part of a national tour honoring the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, January 28. Scott, who portrays Dr. King in his performance, will deliver a powerful re-enactment of the civil rights leader 's most famous speeches and how they relate to racial issues still prevalent in today's society.

The event begins at 12 p.m. in the College's Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Scott's "awe-inspiring" tribute was created with the intention of teaching a generation of students and society about one of America's most violent and inspiring times, and the man who helped change the nation by fighting for equality-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Owens Community College is honored to have one of the nation's most well-respected authorities on the life of Dr. King performing on our campus," said Dermot Forde, Owens Coordinator of Student Activities. "Barry Scott's re-enactment of Dr. King's speeches is very powerful and moving. The performance will not only allow each person attending the event to relive the actual words of Dr. King, but also to gain a real understanding of his character."

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 (the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) 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 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Among the prominent venues in which Scott has re-created Dr. King's speeches are the Beacon Theater in New York, Fox Theater in Atlanta and Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, he is the founder and artistic director of The American Negro Playwright Theatre. Scott has made several appearances on television shows including "I'll Fly Away" and "Rescue 911", and a recurring role as a minister in the successful series "In the Heat of the Night". He co-starred with Jim Varney in the Touchstone film, "Ernest Goes to Jail".

His voice can be heard on commercials around the country for companies such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Professional Golf Association (PGA) and The National Arbor Day Foundation.

Scott is a member of the Actor's Equity Guild and the American Film, Radio and Television Association. He earned his bachelor's degree in speech communications and theatre from Tennessee State University.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 23 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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