Monday, January 22, 2007

"Shattered Dreams" and a Portrayal of Dr. King at Washington College, January 30

Chestertown, MD, January 22, 2007 — What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. think of the state of race relations in America today? A dramatic one-man stage presentation explores this intriguing hypothetical question in "Shattered Dreams: What Would Dr. King Say Today?" Leon Williams will portray Dr. King at Washington College's Hynson Lounge on Tuesday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Williams is the Director of Intercultural Programs at Buena Vista University in Iowa. He tours the country offering a variety of programs that address race issues on today's college campuses. He is noted for having a talent for taking the sensitive issues of race, diversity and multiculturalism and injecting them with humor, love and passion. He speaks to students about issues of oppression, interracial dating, racism, discrimination and black-on-black crime, among other issues. His programs are interactive, involving the use of music, activities and audience discussion.

In addition to touring campuses and serving as Director of Cultural Programs at his university, Williams is involved in his community as a volunteer for a local food pantry, Habitat for Humanity, a teen theater group and the Special Olympics. He has written and directed several plays, coordinated racism panels, and lectured in the History & Political Science Department at Ohio Northern University.

"Shattered Dreams: What Would Dr. King Say Today?" is being presented by the Washington College Office of Multicultural Affairs, the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, Black Studies Program, the Campus Events and Visitors Committee, the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, the Rose O'Neill Literary House, Student Activities and the Student Government Association Diversity Committee. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-810-7457.

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