The Dream Lives in Toledo: Black History Month @ the Library

Posted Jan 24th, 2008 by Rhonda B. Sewell  Category: Community Interest, Toledo.com


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message will live on this February when his famous words are passed on to the people of Lucas County.

Rudy Barker, renowned living history performer, will bring Dr. King’s words to life on February 23, when he comes to the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s McMaster Center from noon to 4 p.m. at Main Library, 325 Michigan St. Mr. Barker will spread the slain civil rights leader’s message of peace, love and equality in a live recreation of Dr. King’s most noted speeches, a question and answer session, a mock press conference, and more.

“When (Dr. King) was killed on my 12th birthday, I started studying his philosophy and reading about his life,” Mr. Barker told the Detroit News.

Mr. Barker has been performing as Dr. King for more than 20 years, delivering the legendary leader’s speeches and preaching peace and nonviolent conflict resolution. Mr. Barker and “Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame” — an international acting group based in London — have performed together abroad, and Mr. Barker continues to travel the United States while impersonating Dr. King.

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will host Mr. Barker’s performance in celebration of Black History Month. The documentary “King — Man of Peace in a Time of War,” will be shown, and the Library will host an historical photo exhibition and showcase news clippings from Dr. King’s era in the gallery on Main’s second floor.

The event is free and open to the public. A children’s craft workshop will be included in the program and held in the Children’s Library.

Event schedule:
Noon – “The Dream Lives” . . . and Q & A
1:30-2:15 p.m. – DVD – “King – Man of Peace in a Time of War”
2:15-2:45 p.m. – Refreshments and Music provided
3-4:00 p.m. – Mock Press Conference
2:30-4:00 p.m. – Children’s Activity in the Children’s Library

Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929 and was assassinated on April 4, 1968. If Dr. King were alive today he would have celebrated his 79th birthday on January 15. For more information on Dr. King’s life, visit your nearest Toledo-Lucas County Public Library location and check out a book, video or audiotape.
Check your neighborhood Library branch location for more Black History Month activities, or log on to toledolibrary.org.

The Library Legacy Foundation provides funding for this program.
For more information, call 419.259.5207.

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